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The Language of Colour:Neurology and the Ineffable

Unwin, Nicholas (2012) The Language of Colour:Neurology and the Ineffable. Biolinguistics, 6 (3-4). pp. 475-490.

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    Abstract

    It is often claimed, following Joseph Levine, that there is an ‘explanatory gap’ between ordinary physical facts and the way we perceive things, so that it is impossible to explain, among other things, why colours actually look the way they do. C.L. Hardin, by contrast, argues that there are sufficient asymmetries between colours to traverse this gap. This paper argues that the terms we use to characterize colours, such as ‘warm’ and ‘cool’, are not well understood, and that we need to understand the neurological basis for such associations if we are even to understand what is fully meant by saying, for example, that red is a warm colour. This paper also speculates on how Hardin’s strategy can be generalized. A PowerPoint presentation that depicts inverted colour qualia is attached as an appendix.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Biolinguistics
    Uncontrolled Keywords: C.L. Hardin ; colour ; colour vocabulary ; explanatory gap ; per-ception ; qualia
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
    ID Code: 57972
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 30 Aug 2012 10:05
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 06 Feb 2013 17:29
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57972

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