Wednesday, August 18, 2004
COLORS AND SOUNDS
Tuesday 7:30pm - 10:30pm, Pettingill 151
73/75 Campus Avenue, Room 3
Traditionally, philosophical thought about perception and consciousness has focused primarily on vision--in particular, on color and color experience. Philosophers interested in the nature and content of experience, however, have much to learn through attention to the distinctive features of other sensory modalities and the things we perceive through them. In this seminar, we examine what colors are, what sorts of things are colored, and the relationship between colors and our experiences of them. We then investigate the nature of sounds and of auditory experience, and address the questions associated with developing a philosophical theory of auditory perception. Prerequisite: 211 or 232 or 234 or 235 or 236 or 245 or 272 or 274.
1. Readings on Color, Volume 1: The Philosophy of Color [C], edited by Alex Byrne and David Hilbert (MIT, 1997). A recent collection of papers on color and color perception. Many of the readings from the first part of the course are drawn from this.
2. Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow [UR], C.L. Hardin (Hackett, 1988) We'll discuss selections from this monograph throughout the term, but you should be reading through it in conjunction with the course.
1. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, "Color": http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/color/
2. David Hilbert, Color and Color Perception: A Study in Anthropocentric Realism
3. Byrne and Hilbert, Volume 2: The Science of Color
4. Evan Thompson, Color Vision
5. Michael Tye, Color, Consciousness, and Content
6. Barry Stroud, The Quest for Reality: Subjectivism and the Metaphysics of Colour
1. Weekly discussion pieces (all 10 needed to pass): 1/5
2. Attendance, participation, and presentations (2-3 each): 1/5
3. Midterm paper (8 pages) or exam: 1/5
4. Final paper (8-10 pages) or exam: 2/5
Part I: The Metaphysics and Perception of Color
Week 1: Preliminaries and Background
Danto, Forward to Hardin's Color for Philosophers
Week 2: Color Science and the Philosophy of Color
Hilbert, Chapter 1, "Conceptions of Color"
Hardin, Chapter 1, "Color Perception and Science" [UR]
Thompson, Chapter 1, "The Received View"
Nassau, "The Causes of Color"
Week 3: Colors as Physical Properties
Smart, "On Some Criticisms of a Physicalist Theory of Colors" [C]
Byrne and Hilbert, "Colors and Reflectances" [C]
Byrne and Hilbert, "Introduction" [C]
Armstrong, "Smart and the Secondary Qualities" [C]
Week 4: Colors as Dispositions
Johnston, "How to Speak of the Colors" and "Postscript: Visual Experience" [C]
Byrne, "Colors and Dispositions"
Week 5: Are There Any Colors? Are Colors in the Head?
Hardin, Chapter 2, "The Ontology of Color" [UR]
Boghossian and Velleman, "Color as a Secondary Quality" [C]
Hardin, Chapter 3, "Phenomenology and Physiology" [UR] (esp. to p. 154)
Jackson, "Epiphenomenal Qualia"
Shoemaker, "The Inverted Spectrum"
Week 6: Colors as Simple Properties
Campbell, "A Simple View of Color" [C]
Broakes, "The Autonomy of Color" [C]
Johnston, "The Manifest" sections "Colors as Qualities" and "Hylomorphism"
Yablo, "Singling out Properties," Philosophical Perspectives 9 (1995)
Batty, "Na´ve Color"
Week 7: Introduction; Sound Science; Phenomenology of Auditory Experience
Selections from Bregman, Blauert, and Zwicker & Fastl
"The Locations of Sounds"
O'Shaughnessy, selections from Consciousness and the World
Nudds, "Experiencing the Production of Sounds"
Week 8: Three Theories of Sound
Pasnau, "What is Sound?"
O'Callaghan, "Sounds and Events" and "What is the Wave Conception of Sounds?"
Week 9: Echoes
Week 10: Audible Qualities
Week 11: Other Modalities; Perceptual Theorizing across the Modalities
Week 12: Conclusions.