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Colour PerceptionMind and the physical world$
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Rainer Mausfeld and Dieter Heyer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198505006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198505006.001.0001

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Objectivity and Subjectivity Revisited: Colour as a Psychobiological Property

Objectivity and Subjectivity Revisited: Colour as a Psychobiological Property

(p.187) Chapter 6 Objectivity and Subjectivity Revisited: Colour as a Psychobiological Property
Colour Perception

Gary Hatfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the notion of colour as a property of the surfaces of objects. It examines the arguments of objectivists who seek to reduce colour to a physical property of object surfaces. Subjectivists, by constrast, seek to argue that no such reduction is possible, and hence that colour must be wholly subjective. This chapter presents a relationalist position that best accommodates the primary data concerning colour perception, and permits a better understanding of the ways in which colour is both objective and subjective. It ends with a reconsideration of the notions of objectivity and subjectivity themselves, and a consideration of how modern technology can foster misleading expectations about the specificity of colour properties.

Keywords:   colour, objects, objectivists, subjectivists, relationist, colour perception, colour properties

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