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From an Ontological Point of View$
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John Heil

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199259747.001.0001

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From an Ontological Point of View
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John Heil (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0199259747.003.0017

A broadly dispositionalist account of colour is sketched and defended in the context of a discussion of primary and secondary qualities. Secondary qualities are complex primary qualities picked out by reference to their effects on human observers. These effects, properly seen as mutual manifestations of dispositions present in light radiation (structured by perceived objects) and in observers, are colour experiences.

Keywords:   colour, causation, disposition, J. Locke, light, manifestation, perception, primary, property, quality, secondary

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