Colours: Their Nature and Representation

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 30, 1995 - Philosophy - 247 pages
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The world as we experience it is full of colour. This book defends the radical thesis that no physical object has any of the colours we experience it as having. The author provides a unified account of colour that shows why we experience the illusion and why the illusion is not to be dispelled but welcomed. He develops a pluralist framework of colour-concepts in which other, more sophisticated concepts of colour are introduced to supplement the simple concept that is presupposed in our ordinary colour experience. The discussion draws on philosophical and scientific literature, both historical and modern, but it is not technical, and will appeal to a broad range of philosophers, cognitive scientists and historians of science.
 

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Contents

The representation of colour
1
Colours as virtual properties
25
What colours are essentially
50
The natural concept of colour
84
the pluralist framework
105
Objectivist accounts of colour
116
objectivist and dispositionalist
149
Colour truths
155
Misconceptions about qualia
190
An argument for qualia
193
A new argument from illusion
195
The significance of the firstperson point of view
197
Physicalist objections
201
Conclusion
205
The psychological reality of colour
206
What are psychological primary colours?
207

Colour constancy
158
Objectivist views and appearances
161
Modes of colour appearance
164
Conclusion
168
Introduction to Part III
171
Colour qualia
174
Qualia
175
Qualia and functionalism
177
Harman and the intrinsic quality of experience
182
The intensionalist account
184
Culture and biology
208
Wittgenstein and colour classification
212
Phenomenal qualities and cultural diversity
217
Virtual qualities and the Private Language Argument
220
Phenomenal qualities and private language
224
Intuitive and abstract knowledge
230
Conclusion
236
Bibliography
237
Index
243
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