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The Red and the Real: An Essay on Color Ontology

The Red and the Real: An Essay on Color Ontology

by Jonathan Cohen

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Overview

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 between objects, 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 role functionalist-account by contending that the latter is the most plausible form of color relationalism.


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ISBN-13: 9780191609602
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 06/25/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jonathan Cohen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a faculty member of UCSD's Interdiciplinary Cognitive Science Program.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Space of Options

THE CASE FOR COLOR RELATIONALISM
Chapter 2 The Argument From Perceptual Variation
Chapter 3 Variation Revisited: Objections and Responses

DEFENSEANDELABORATION:ARELATIONALIST'S GUIDE TO REPRESENTATION, ONTOLOGY, AND PHENOMENOLOGY
Chapter 4 Relationalism Defended: Linguistic and Mental Representation of Color
Chapter 5 Relationalism Defended: Ontology
Chapter 6 Relationalism Defended: Phenomenology

ROLE FUNCTIONALISM
Chapter 7 A Role Functionalist Theory of Color
Chapter 8 Role Functionalism and Its Relationalist Rivals

SUMMARY
Chapter 9 Summary Conclusion
References
Index

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