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Primitive Colors: A Case Study in Neo-pragmatist Metaphysics and Philosophy of Perception

Joshua Gert


This book is both an account of the nature of color and color perception, and an exercise in neo-pragmatist theorizing. Neo-pragmatism rejects representationalism, which is the standard strategy for solving “placement problems” in philosophy. Instead, it makes use of deflationary accounts of truth and reference. In the domain of color, the result is color primitivism: a view of color according to which colors are sui generis properties of objects, irreducible to physical or dispositional properties. Objective colors are also—contrary to current dogma—insufficiently determinate in their nature ... More

Keywords: Color, Neo-pragmatism, Primitivism, Perception, Appearances, Adverbialism, Constancy, Representationalism, Transparency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198785910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Gert, author
Haserot Professor of Philosophy, The College of William and Mary, Virginia