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Color Ontology and Color Science

Jonathan Cohen and Mohan Matthen


Philosophers and scientists have long speculated about the nature of color. Atomists such as Democritus thought color to be “conventional,” not real; Galileo and other key figures of the Scientific Revolution thought that it was an erroneous projection of our own sensations onto external objects. More recently, philosophers have enriched the debate about color by aligning the most advanced color science with the most sophisticated methods of analytical philosophy. In this book, scientists and philosophers examine new problems with new analytic tools, considering such topics as the psychophysic ... More

Keywords: analytical philosophy, Democritus, Galileo, Scientific Revolution, color blindness, neural processing, color ontology, color experience, color space, color language

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013857
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013857.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Cohen, editor

Mohan Matthen, editor

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