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A Naïve Realist Theory of Colour

Keith Allen


This book develops and defends the view that colours are mind-independent properties of things in the environment that are distinct from properties identified by the physical sciences. This view stands in contrast to the long-standing and wide spread view amongst philosophers and scientists that colours do not really exist—or at any rate, that if they do exist, then they are radically different from the way that they appear. It is argued that a naïve realist theory of colour best explains how colours appear to perceiving subjects, and that this view is not undermined either by reflecting on va ... More

Keywords: colour, perception, naïve, realist, consciousness mind-independent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755364
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Allen, author
University of York

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