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The Quest for RealitySubjectivism and the Metaphysics of Colour$
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Barry Stroud

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151886

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151887.001.0001

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Unmasking Explanation and the ‘Unreality’ Of Colour

Unmasking Explanation and the ‘Unreality’ Of Colour

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(p.69) 4 Unmasking Explanation and the ‘Unreality’ Of Colour
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The Quest for Reality
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Barry Stroud (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195151887.003.0004

Argues against the idea that reality is purely physical and can be totally captured by scientific explanation, thus excluding colour from reality. Counters exclusive physicalism by arguing that explanation does not necessarily constitute a true account of the world and its supposedly subjective qualities, and scientific language does not go beyond the limits of the physical. Raises questions about the link between physical and psychological phenomena and about the view of perception as separate from what is perceived, and argues that an understanding of the perception of colour is required in order metaphysically to unmask its link to physicality.

Keywords:   Colour, Exclusive physicalism, Explanation, Language, Perception, Physicality, Reality

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