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Instructor Info:Jonathan Westphal
Office Extension x6848
TA Info:Rebecca Keller
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222

The philosophy of color, through the science, art, history and technology of color. Some classroom demonstrations and experiments. Topics chosen from the following: aesthetics of color and color in film and the moving image, color in studio art, astronomical color and the color of stars, animal coloration, animal color vision, color words and imagery in poetry and literature, anthropology and linguistics of color naming, physics and psychology of color (including color illusions), color vision, color in the visual cortex, color and the mind-body problem, variations in color vision, models of color space, impossible colors. The focus of the class will be on the philosophy of color, and philosophical answers to the questions 'What is color?' and 'What is a color?' in the light of the above fields. Contributions will be made by visiting lecturers in the different fields from Hampshire and other colleges.

Course Objectives:

To become interested in the beauty and the intricacies of colour in different fields, and to gain an appreciation of the mysteriousness of the metaphysics and logic of colour.

Evaluation Criteria:

Class participation, class presentation, 7pp. paper