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Their Nature and Representation


Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

  • Author: Barry Maund, University of Western Australia, Perth
  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521110129

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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.

    • Radical new thesis about illusory nature of colour
    • Combines treatment of the scientific as well as the philosophical literature
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521110129
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Representation of Colour: Introduction to Part I
    1. Colour-as-we-experience-it
    2. Colours as virtual properties
    3. What colours are essentially
    4. The natural concept of colour
    Part II. The Colours Objects Have: The Pluralist Framework: Introduction to Part II
    5. The pluralist framework
    6. Objectivist accounts of colour
    7. Revisionary accounts: objectivist and dispositionalist
    Part III. Colours and Consciousness: Introduction to Part III
    8. Colour qualia
    9. The psychological reality of colour

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    Barry Maund, University of Western Australia, Perth

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