Vivarium 57 (3-4):268-292 (2019)

Authors
Mohan Matthen
University of Toronto, Mississauga
Abstract
Aristotle held that perception consists in the reception of external sensory qualities (or sensible forms) in the sensorium. This idea is repeated in many forms in contemporary philosophy, including, with regard to vision, in the idea (still not firmly rejected) that the retinal image consists of points of colour. In fact, this is false. Colour is a quality that is constructed by the visual system, and though it is possible to be a realist about colour, it is completely misleading to think of it as received by the retina. Moreover, such supposedly “charitable” interpretations of Aristotle’s doctrines, based on miscon- ceptions of perception-science, distort our understanding of his historical context.
Keywords sense perception  colour  assimilation  colour realism  Aristotle colour theory  Kepler lens  visual perception  direct realism
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/15685349-12341373
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
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

The Disunity of Color.Mohan Matthen - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (1):47-84.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Multisensory Perception in Philosophy.Amber Ross & Mohan Matthen - 2021 - Multisensory Research 34 (3):219-231.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Colour Vision and Seeing Colours.Will Davies - 2018 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 69 (3):657-690.
A Realistic Colour Realism.Joshua Gert - 2006 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (4):565 – 589.
Was Reid a Direct Realist?Jake Quilty-Dunn - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (2):302 - 323.
Guest Editor's Introduction.Erik J. Olsson - 2007 - Erkenntnis 66 (1-2):1-8.
Guest Editor's Introduction.Xing Wen - 2008 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 39 (4):3-17.
Guest Editor's Introduction.Paul Van El - 2002 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 34 (1):3-18.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-08-21

Total views
244 ( #37,763 of 59,875 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
40 ( #19,562 of 59,875 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes