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Colour fascinates all of us, and scientists and philosophers have sought to understand the true nature of colour vision for many years. In recent times, investigations into colour vision have been one of the main success stories of cognitive science, for each discipline within the field - neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, computer science and artificial intelligence, Colour fascinates all of us, and scientists and philosophers have sought to understand the true nature of colour vision for many years. In recent times, investigations into colour vision have been one of the main success stories of cognitive science, for each discipline within the field - neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, computer science and artificial intelligence, and philosophy - has contributed significantly to our understanding of colour. Evan Thompson's book is a major contribution to this interdisciplinary project. Colour Vision provides an accessible review of the current scientific and philosophical discussions of colour vision. Thompson steers a course between the subjective and objective positions on colour, arguing for a relational account. This account develops a novel ecological' approach to colour vision in cognitive science and the philosophy of perception. It is vital reading for all cognitive scientists and philosophers whose interests touch upon this central area.


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Colour fascinates all of us, and scientists and philosophers have sought to understand the true nature of colour vision for many years. In recent times, investigations into colour vision have been one of the main success stories of cognitive science, for each discipline within the field - neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, computer science and artificial intelligence, Colour fascinates all of us, and scientists and philosophers have sought to understand the true nature of colour vision for many years. In recent times, investigations into colour vision have been one of the main success stories of cognitive science, for each discipline within the field - neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, computer science and artificial intelligence, and philosophy - has contributed significantly to our understanding of colour. Evan Thompson's book is a major contribution to this interdisciplinary project. Colour Vision provides an accessible review of the current scientific and philosophical discussions of colour vision. Thompson steers a course between the subjective and objective positions on colour, arguing for a relational account. This account develops a novel ecological' approach to colour vision in cognitive science and the philosophy of perception. It is vital reading for all cognitive scientists and philosophers whose interests touch upon this central area.

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    Thompson proposes an "ecological" relationalist view of color, according to which "Being colored a particular determinate color or shade is equivalent to having a particular spectral reflectance, illuminance, or emittance, that looks that color to a particular perceiver in specific viewing conditions" (245). The first two thirds of the book consist of a series of very informative criticisms of objectivist (Armstrong, Hilbert) and subjectivist (Hardin) accounts of color that also serve as a gripp Thompson proposes an "ecological" relationalist view of color, according to which "Being colored a particular determinate color or shade is equivalent to having a particular spectral reflectance, illuminance, or emittance, that looks that color to a particular perceiver in specific viewing conditions" (245). The first two thirds of the book consist of a series of very informative criticisms of objectivist (Armstrong, Hilbert) and subjectivist (Hardin) accounts of color that also serve as a gripping introduction to broad swaths of color science. I'm moved by Thompson's criticisms, to the extent that I'm now on board the relationalist account of color properties (though I'm not sure what to make of Thompson's "ecological" brand of relationalism). The final chapter contains a fascinating discussion of a little-discussed part of Jackson's knowledge argument, centering on the possibility of perceiving a novel color. Thompson does a good, Dennettian job of thinking the thought experiment through, all the way to trying to imagine what kind of relation a color space containing a novel color would stand to our current, 3-D color space.

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