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The Red and the Real: An Essay on Color Ontology

Jonathan Cohen


This book offers a new approach to longstanding philosophical puzzles about what colors are and how they fit into the natural world. The author argues for a role-functionalist treatment of color — a view according to which colors are identical to certain functional roles involving perceptual effects on subjects. The author first argues (on broadly empirical grounds) for the more general relationalist view that colors are constituted in terms of relations between objects, perceivers, and viewing conditions. He responds to semantic, ontological, and phenomenological objections against this thesi ... More

Keywords: color, functional roles, perceptual effects, relationalism, color relationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199556168
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Cohen, author
University of California, San Diego

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