Readings on Color: The science of color, Volume 2

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Alex Byrne, David R. Hilbert
MIT Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 497 pages
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"Color is an absolutely fascinating topic, one I happen to think is a beautiful and productive microcosm for cognitive science. These volumes will serve as useful resources for anyone interested in philosophy of color perception or color science."
-- Stephen E. Palmer, Director, Institute of Cognitive Studies; and Professor of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley Color is an endlessly fascinating subject to philosophers, scientists, and laypersons, as well an an instructive microcosm of cognitive science. In these two anthologies, Alex Byrne and David Hilbert present a survey of the important recent philosophical and scientific writings on color. The introduction to volume 1 provides a philosophical background and links the philosophical issues to the empirical work covered in volume 2. The bibliography in volume 1 is an extensive resource for those doing philosophical work on color. The scientific selections in volume 2 present work in color science that is relevant to philosophical thinking about color; the material is comprehensive and sophisticated enough to be useful to the scientific reader. The introduction to volume 2 is an overview of color science; the volume also contains suggestions for further reading.
 

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Contents

The Causes of Color
3
The Physical Basis of Color Specification
33
Chromatic and Achromatic Response Functions
67
Neural Coding of Color
93
Recent Advances in Retinex Theory
143
Color Constancy and the Natural Image
161
Essay Concerning Color Constancy
177
Color Blindness
201
Color Perception Profiles in Central Achromatopsia
277
On the Role of Parvocellular P and Magnocellular M Pathways
291
An Adaptation to Regularities
311
Visual Pigments and the Acquisition of Visual Information
357
The Uses
379
The Linguistic Significance of the Meanings of Basic Color Terms
399
Glossary
443
Contributors
461

Perception of Colour in Unilateral Tritanopia
231
The Genes for Color Vision
249

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About the author (1997)

Alex Byrne is Professor of Philosophy at MIT and the coeditor of Fact and Value: Essays on Ethics and Metaphysics for Judith Jarvis Thomson (2001) and Readings on Color, volumes 1 and 2 (1997), all published by the MIT Press.

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