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The Possibility of Philosophical UnderstandingReflections on the Thought of Barry Stroud$
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Jason Bridges, Niko Kolodny, and Wai-hung Wong

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381658

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381658.001.0001

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Colors as Secondary Qualities

Colors as Secondary Qualities

(p.216) (p.217) 10 Colors as Secondary Qualities
The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding

John McDowell

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Barry Stroud considers a secondary-quality conception of colors only as a contribution to the quest for reality that he persuasively brings under suspicion. In this chapter I try to free a conception of colors as secondary qualities—as qualities the very idea of which needs to be spelled out in terms of how their possessors would look, to certain perceivers and in certain circumstances—from the disreputable context in which Stroud places it, and thereby to argue that he ought to find it defensible. The argument is complex, but the central point is that it is only in the context of the quest for reality that there seems to be an objection to supposing the color concepts that figure in specifications of the relevant looks, in formulations that display color qualities of objects as secondary qualities, are the very concepts of qualities of objects whose content is being spelled out.

Keywords:   Colous, secondary qualities, quest for reality

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