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LPHI 3129 - Illusion of Color

Many prominent philosophers, scientists, and artists have argued that our experience of color is an illusion, that colors as we see them do not really exist. This course traces the history and philosophical significance of this idea, from its origin in the birth of modern science, through to its contemporary manifestations in philosophy and art. Topics to be discussed will include the relationship between color vocabulary and color perception (e.g., does the lack of a word for blue imply an inability to see blue?), the privacy of color experience (e.g., can you ever really know what blue looks like to someone else?), and whether colors exist at all (and, if so, in what sense?).
Liberal Arts, Open to Non Majors
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