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Democritus’ Conventionality of Colour

Rudolph, Kelli Christine (2019) Democritus’ Conventionality of Colour. Rhizomata, . ISSN 2196-5110. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In this article, I establish, through a detailed analysis of Democritus’ multi-dimensional account of colour, the physical basis for his claim that colours are ‘by convention’. Uniquely among the Presocratics, he posits four basic colours, which arise from an interplay of light, air and the variable microstructures of objects. Such an account allows Democritus to explain both the mechanics of deceptive appearances and the formation of a φαντασία, which for the atomist is the representational content of perception, qualitatively different and ontologically distinct from the effluence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Democritus, Colour, Ancient, Greek, Presocratic, Vision, Senses, Sensation, Phantasia, White, Black, Red, Green, Abdera
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
D History General and Old World > DE The Greco-Roman World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Kelli Rudolph
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2019 08:40 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 15:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75553 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rudolph, Kelli Christine: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0008-7818
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