2. What Is Color and How Did We Come to Experience It?

  1. Rolf G. Kuehni

Published Online: 9 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118533567.ch2

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Third Edition

Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Third Edition

How to Cite

Kuehni, R. G. (2012) What Is Color and How Did We Come to Experience It?, in Color: An Introduction to Practice and Principles, Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118533567.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118173848

Online ISBN: 9781118533567

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Keywords:

  • colors;
  • DNA analysis

Summary

This chapter describes the nature of colors and other qualia. As in regard to other subjects, there are multiple philosophical theories about color. An important aspect of the discussion about color is the issue of where colors are located: out in nature or just in our head. Based on DNA analysis, geneticists have developed a plausible timeline for the development of vision in general and human color vision. One of the major philosophical discussions about color is if they are located in the outside world or in the brain/mind: the argument between color irrealists or subjectivists and realists or objectivists. Many philosophers, for what appear to be technical reasons, are objectivists, that is, they believe color is located in materials and lights. But so far they have not been able to define what it is in the world around us that represents specific color experiences.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

colour vision; DNA