What Is This Thing You Call Color

Knut Nordby

in Phenomenal Concepts and Phenomenal Knowledge

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195171655
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199871339 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

  What Is This Thing You Call Color

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The late Knut Nordby was a real-life counterpart of Mary: a color-blind expert in the science of color vision. This chapter describes the results of empirical research on color vision and other sense modalities. Based on these results and his own experience, he argues that Mary will be able to sense and discriminate color hues, but will not be able to name them on the basis of her knowledge. He does not take a definite stand on the epistemic and metaphysical gaps. But his reflections should help inform views on these matters.

Keywords: Knut Norby; color vision; senses; Mary

Chapter.  3164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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