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The Red and the RealAn Essay on Color Ontology$
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Jonathan Cohen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556168

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556168.001.0001

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Relationalism Defended: Phenomenology

Relationalism Defended: Phenomenology

(p.152) 6 Relationalism Defended: Phenomenology
The Red and the Real


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A relationalist treatment of the phenomenology of color is offered in this chapter. It explores the accusation that color relationalism is inconsistent with the ordinary color phenomenology, and that it cannot be coherently combined with plausible theories of the nature of color phenomenology. To defend relationalism against both types of phenomenological objections, the aim of this chapter is to illustrate that color relationalism is not in conflict with the phenomenological evidence about color once one understands just how phenomenology can be useful in addressing questions of color ontology and that it presents no special difficulties regarding the metaphysics of color experience. Furthermore, the threat of regress dissolves when it is seen that it depends crucially on substitution instances that one has reason to reject, and that relationalism is not ungrounded in any sense that would prevent understanding of the theory.

Keywords:   color phenomenology, color relationalism, relationalism, color ontology, color experience, metaphysics

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