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Color and Color Perception: A Study in Anthropocentric Realism
by David R. Hilbert
CSLI, 1987
eISBN: 978-1-57586-806-6 | Cloth: 978-0-937073-15-5 | Paper: 978-0-937073-16-2
Library of Congress Classification BF789.C7H55 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 152.145

Color has often been supposed to be a subjective property, a property to be analyzed correctly in terms of the phenomenological aspects of human experience. In contrast with subjectivism, an objectivist analysis of color takes color to be a property objects possess in themselves, independently of the character of human perceptual experience. David Hilbert defends a form of objectivism that identifies color with a physical property of surfaces---their spectral reflectance.

This analysis of color is shown to provide a more adequate account of the features of human color vision than its subjectivist rivals. The author's account of color also recognizeds that the human perceptual system provides a limited and idiosyncratic picture of the world. These limitations are shown to be consistent with a realist account of color and to provide the necessary tools for giving an analysis of common sense knowledge of color phenomena.

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