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The Republic of ColorScience, Perception, and the Making of Modern America$
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Michael Rossi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226651729

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226651866.001.0001

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The Pragmatic Physiology of Color Vision

The Pragmatic Physiology of Color Vision

Christine Ladd-Franklin and the “Evolutionary Theory” of Color

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(p.146) Chapter Five The Pragmatic Physiology of Color Vision
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The Republic of Color
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Michael Rossi

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226651866.003.0006

This chapter looks at psychologist Christine Ladd-Franklin’s “evolutionary” or “development” theory of color perception, which attempted to reconcile two competing theories of color physiology: the “trichromatic” theory of Herman von Helmholtz, and the “opponent color” theory of Ewald Hering. At once a sophisticated and pragmatic solution to a scientific problem, and a radical articulation of the role of science in society, Ladd-Franklin’s theory demonstrates the moral exigencies of sciences of perception in turn-of-the-century America.

Keywords:   Christine Ladd-Franklin, evolutionary theory of color, development theory of color, logic, morality, gender, geminism

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