Readings on Color: The philosophy of color

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Alex Byrne, David R. Hilbert
MIT Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 317 pages
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Color is an endlessly fascinating subject to philosophers, scientists, andlaypersons, as well an an instructive microcosm of cognitive science. In these two anthologies, AlexByrne and David Hilbert present a survey of the important recent philosophical and scientificwritings on color. The introduction to volume 1 provides a philosophical background and links thephilosophical issues to the empirical work covered in volume 2.

The bibliographyin volume 1 is an extensive resource for those doing philosophical work on color. The scientificselections in volume 2 present work in color science that is relevant to philosophical thinkingabout color; the material is comprehensive and sophisticated enough to be useful to the scientificreader. The introduction to volume 2 is an overview of color science; the volume also containssuggestions for further reading.

 

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Contents

On Some Criticisms of a Physicalist Theory of Colors
1
Smart and the Secondary Qualities
33
Reply to Armstrong
47
An Objectivists Guide to Subjectivism about Colour
73
Physicalist Theories of Color
105
How to Speak of the Colors
137
A Simple View of Colour
177
The Autonomy of Colour
191
Phenomenal Character
227
Explaining Objective Color in Terms of Subjective Reactions
247
Colors and Reflectances
263
Reinventing the Spectrum
289
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