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Bence Nanay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386196

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386196.001.0001

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Color Relationalism and Color Phenomenology

Color Relationalism and Color Phenomenology

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(p.13) 2 Color Relationalism and Color Phenomenology
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Perceiving the World
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Jonathan Cohen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386196.003.0002

Color relationalism is the view that colors are constituted in terms of relations between subjects and objects. Despite its other merits, many have been convinced that relationalism conflicts unacceptably with the manifest evidence of color phenomenology, and that this clash between theory and data should be resolved by giving up the theory. In this paper I’ll defend color relationalism from several versions of this worry. I’ll urge that, once we make clear just what and how color phenomenology can and cannot tell us about the nature of color properties, the data of phenomenology will be seen to support, rather than detract from, the case for relationalism. This chapter defends color relationalism from several versions of this worry. It urgese that, once we make clear just what and how color phenomenology can and cannot tell us about the nature of color properties, the data of phenomenology will be seen to support, rather than detract from, the case for relationalism. It concludes that color phenomenology is not the stumbling block for color relationalism that many have held it to be.

Keywords:   color, color phenomenology, color relationalism

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