Colour Discrimination And Monitoring Theories of Consciousness

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90 (1):57 - 74 (2012)
According to the monitoring theory of consciousness, a mental state is conscious in virtue of being represented in the right way by a monitoring state. David Rosenthal, William Lycan, and Uriah Kriegel have developed three different influential versions of this theory. In order to explain colour experiences, each of these authors combines his version of the monitoring theory of consciousness with a specific account of colour representation. Even though Rosenthal, Lycan, and Kriegel disagree on the specifics, they all hold that colours are represented by a single type of mental state. The main goal of this paper is to show that a more complex account of colour representation is needed for the monitoring theory of consciousness to do justice to the phenomenology of colour experiences. In particular, I will argue that the fine-grained character of colour experience?that is, the fact that perceivers can become conscious of small differences between colours?requires that colour representation be construed in terms of two different types of mental states, namely sensory states that represent appearance properties and colour representations that represent physical colours
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/00048402.2011.553626
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 24,470
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
David M. Rosenthal (1986). Two Concepts of Consciousness. Philosophical Studies 49 (May):329-59.

View all 21 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
V. Arstila (2003). True Colors, False Theories. Australian Journal of Philosophy 81 (1):41-61.
Peter W. Ross (2001). Qualia and the Senses. Philosophical Quarterly 51 (205):495-511.
Keith Allen (2012). Colour, Contextualism, and Self-Locating Contents. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 12 (3):331-350.
Frank Jackson (2003). Color and Content. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (1):34-34.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

69 ( #70,707 of 1,925,584 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

5 ( #187,096 of 1,925,584 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.