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AuthorWatkins, Michael. author
TitleRediscovering Colors [electronic resource] : a Study in Pollyanna Realism / by Michael Watkins
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2002
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Descript XIII, 210 p. online resource


In Rediscovering Colors: A Study in Pollyanna Realism, Michael Watkins endorses the Moorean view that colors are simple, non-reducible, properties of objects. Consequently, Watkins breaks from what has become the received view that either colors are reducible to certain properties of interest to science, or else nothing is really colored. What is novel about the work is that Watkins, unlike other Mooreans, takes seriously the metaphysics of colors. Consequently, Watkins provides an account of what colors are, how they are related to the physical properties on which they supervene, and how colors can be causally efficacious without the threat of causal overdetermination. Along the way, he provides novel accounts of normal conditions and non-human color properties. The book will be of interest to any metaphysician and philosopher of mind interested in colors and color perception


1 Pollyanna Realism and the Simple Theory -- 2 Why Colors are Not Physical Properties -- 3 Why Colors are Not Relational Properties -- 4 Identifying Colors: Relationally Specifying a Nonrelational Property -- 5 Colors, Dispositions, and Causal Powers -- 6 A Simple Theory of Normal Conditions -- 7 Animals, the Color Blind, and Far Away Places -- 8 Ecce Colores -- References 195 -- Index 203

Philosophy Metaphysics Ontology Language and languages -- Philosophy Philosophy of mind Philosophy Metaphysics Philosophy of Mind Philosophy of Language Ontology Philosophy general


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