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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525301.003.0026

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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