Documenta Ophthalmologica

, Volume 93, Issue 1–2, pp 61–71

Schopenhauer on vision and the colors

  • Robert A. Crone

DOI: 10.1007/BF02569047

Cite this article as:
Crone, R.A. Doc Ophthalmol (1997) 93: 61. doi:10.1007/BF02569047


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860) published his book,On Vision and the Colors in 1816. He started from Aristotle's linear color system and Goethe's three pairs of contrast colors. His work preceded Hering's theory of opponent colors but his path to insight was blocked by his anti-Newtonianism and his neo-Hellenistic attitude toward science. Because of his theory of the subjectivity of colors he was a forerunner of the psycho-physiological variant of neo-Kantianism

Key words

anti-Newtonism Aristotle Goethe Greece Hering Romanticism 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Crone
    • 1
  1. 1.The Netherlands

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