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The Red and the Real

An Essay on Color Ontology

The Red and the Real
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The Red and the Real offers a new approach to longstanding philosophical puzzles about what colors are and how they fit into the natural world. Jonathan Cohen 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. Cohen first argues (on broadly empirical grounds) for the more general relationalist view that colors are constituted in terms of relations betweenobjects, perceivers, and viewing conditions. He responds to semantic, ontological, and phenomenological objections against this thesis, and argues that relationalism offers the best hope of respecting both empirical results and ordinary belief about color. He then defends the more specific rolefunctionalist-account by contending that the latter is the most plausible form of color relationalism.
Oxford University Press; June 2009
278 pages; ISBN 9780191609602
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