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Normal and Defective Colour Vision$
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John D. Mollon, Joel Pokorny, and Ken Knoblauch

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525301

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525301.001.0001

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Schopenhauer’s “Parts of Daylight” In The Light of Modern Colorimetry

Schopenhauer’s “Parts of Daylight” In The Light of Modern Colorimetry

(p.251) Chapter 26 Schopenhauer’s “Parts of Daylight” In The Light of Modern Colorimetry
Normal and Defective Colour Vision

Jan J. Koenderink

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that although Arthur Schopenhauer's hopes of arriving at a principled basis of colour harmony appears futile, the concept of colours as ‘parts of daylight’ is a valuable one. It shows that the tripartition is very natural, namely the unique solution to the problem of inscribing a ‘best fitting crate’ (a parallelepiped) into the colour solid that exhausts the greatest fraction of its volume.

Keywords:   Schopenhauer, parts of daylight, colourimetry, object colours

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