Spatial Location in Color Vision
Author: Gold, I.
Source: Consciousness and Cognition, Volume 10, Number 1, March 2001 , pp. 59-62(4)
Publisher: Academic Press
Abstract:Ross argues that the location problem for color—the problem of how it is represented as occupying a particular location in space—constitutes an objection to color subjectivism. There are two ways in which the location problem can be interpreted. First, it can be read as a why-question about the relation of visual experience to the environment represented: Why does visual experience represent a patch of color as located in this part of space rather than that? On this interpretation, the subjectivist can answer Ross's objection by appealing to the physical location of reflectance rather than color. Second, it can be read as a how-question about visual representation itself: How does visual experience put together the experience of a color with the experience of its being located in space? This version makes the location problem a problem about visual experience itself and renders the ontology of color irrelevant to its solution. The location problem is thus no more a problem for the color subjectivist than for the color realist.
Document Type: Editorial
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, 3168, Australia
Publication date: March 1, 2001