Can We Really See A Million Colours?

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Nearly all philosophers assume that human beings are capable of well over a million different conscious visual responses to coloured surfaces (and they then debate whether this shows that some mental representation is non-conceptual). I deny the premise. In this paper I argue that humans are capable of only a limited range of colour responses to surfaces presented singly (along with a gestalt ability to register that adjacently presented surfaces are different-in-colour). This may be counterintuitive, but it accommodates the empirical data better than the standard view, and also resolves various philosophical puzzles.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherKings College London, University of London
Number of pages19
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Aug 2013


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