I’m excited to announce that Zed Adams (New School) will be joining us next week, on Wednesday 2/26, to speak about how historical changes in our views about color make certain philosophical problems seem natural or inevitable. Here’s a bit more about his talk, in his own words:
“On the Genealogy of Color”
Have you ever wondered whether other people’s color experience is the same as your own? Have you ever wondered why you wondered about this: that is, why you wondered about whether other people’s color experience is the same as your own? In this talk, I detail the history of how philosophical questions about the subjectivity of color experience came to be questions in the first place. I recount how 17th century developments in optics and the physiology of vision led to a fundamental shift in how we think about the mind and its relation to the world. The goal of this history is to show how philosophical questions become questions in the first place, why questions that seem obvious to us today simply would not arise in different times and places.
As usual, we’ll be meeting at 7:00, in the Info Commons Lab at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Hope to see you there!