Title
The structure of color experience and the existence of surface colors
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Abington ,
Subject
Philosophy
Psychology
Sociology
Source (journal)
Philosophical psychology. - Abington
Volume/pages
27(2014) :3 , p. 384-400
ISSN
0951-5089
ISI
000334158700005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Color experience is structured. Some unique colors (red, green, yellow, and blue) appear as pure, or containing no trace of any other color. Others can be considered as a mixture of these colors, or as binary colors. According to a widespread assumption, this unique/binary structure of color experience is to be explained in terms of neurophysiological structuring (e.g., by opponent processes) and has no genuine explanatory basis in the physical stimulus. The argument from structure builds on these assumptions to argue that colors are not properties of surfaces and that color experiences are neural processes without environmental counterparts. We reconsider the argument both in terms of its logic and in the light of recent models in vision science which point at environment-involving patterns that may be at the basis of the unique/binary structure of color experience. We conclude that, in the light of internal and external problems which arise for it, the argument from structure fails.
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