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A Naïve Realist Theory of Colour$
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Keith Allen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755364.001.0001

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Structural Properties of the Colours

Structural Properties of the Colours

(p.114) 6 Structural Properties of the Colours
A Naïve Realist Theory of Colour

Keith Allen

Oxford University Press

Colours appear to instantiate a number of characteristic ‘structural’, or ‘higher-order’, properties: for instance, they stand in distinctive relations of similarity and difference, and admit of a distinction into ‘unique’ and ‘binary’ or ‘compound’. Accounting for the structural properties of the colours is often thought to present a problem for views according to which colours are mind-independent properties of the environment. After considering, and rejecting, some recent physicalist attempts to account for the structural properties of the colours, this chapter argues that naïve realist theories of colour provide one way of meeting the challenge of identifying mind-independent properties of physical objects that instantiate the relevant structural properties.

Keywords:   structural property, unique, binary, compound, physicalist, mind-independent, na?ve realist, colour

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