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Seeing, Doing, and KnowingA Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception$
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Mohan Matthen

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268504

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199268509.001.0001

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Perceptual Specialization and the Definition of Colour

Perceptual Specialization and the Definition of Colour

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(p.153) 6 Perceptual Specialization and the Definition of Colour
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Seeing, Doing, and Knowing
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DOI:10.1093/0199268509.003.0007

Because of perceptual specialization in different species of animals, colour cannot be defined in terms of either the physical properties that human colour vision captures or the sense experiences that it produces in humans. Thus, there is no ecologically characterized class of properties such that colour vision must consist (in whatsoever kind of organism it may occur) in the capture of some or all of the members of this class. Nor is there any subjectively characterized class of experiences such that colour vision must consist (in whatsoever kind of organism it may occur) of having some or all of these experiences.

Keywords:   anthropocentrism, colour, constancy, David Lewis, functionalism, opponent processing, phenomenology, realism, sensory classification, sensory specialization

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