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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Colour

1st Edition

Edited by Derek H. Brown, Fiona Macpherson


552 pages | 28 Color Illus.

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Hardback: 9780415743037
pub: 2020-03-10
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From David Hume’s famous puzzle about ‘the missing shade of blue’ to current research into the science of colour, the topic of colour is an incredibly fertile region of study and debate, cutting across philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics and aesthetics as well as psychology. Debates about the nature of our experience of colour and the nature of colour itself are central to contemporary discussion and argument in philosophy of mind and psychology, and philosophy of perception.

This outstanding Handbook contains twenty-nine specially commissioned contributions by leading philosophers and examines the most important aspects of philosophy of colour. It is organised into six parts:

  • The Importance of Colour to Philosophy
  • The Science and Spaces of Colour
  • Colour Phenomena
  • Colour Ontology
  • Colour Experience and Epistemology
  • Language, Categories and Thought.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Colour is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, epistemology, metaphysics and aesthetics, as well as for those interested in conceptual issues in the psychology of colour.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Philosophy of Colour Derek H. Brown and Fiona Macpherson

Part 1: The Importance of Colour to Philosophy

1. Colour, Colour Experience, and the Mind-Body Problem Brian P. McLaughlin

2. Colour, Scepticism and Epistemology Duncan Pritchard and Christopher Ranalli

3. Philosophy of Science Mazviita Chirimuuta

4. Truth, Vagueness and Semantics Diana Raffman

5. The Logic of Colour Concepts Frederik Gierlinger and Jonathan Westphal

6. Colour and the Arts: Chromatic Perspectives John Kulvicki

7. The Analogy Between Colour and Value Joshua Gert

Part 2: Interlude: The Science and Spaces of Colour

8. The Science of Colour and Colour Vision Alex Byrne and David Hilbert

9. Colour Spaces David Briggs

Part 3: Colour Phenomena

10. Unique Hues and Colour Experience Mohan Matthen

11. Novel Colour Experiences and their Implications Fiona Macpherson

12. Colour Synaesthesia and Its Philosophical Implications Berit Brogaard

13. Spectrum Inversion Peter W. Ross

14. Interspecies Variations Keith Allen

15. Colour Illusion Michael Watkins

16. Colour Constancy Derek H. Brown

Part 4: Colour Ontology

17. Objectivist Reductionism Alex Byrne and David Hilbert

18. Primitive Objectivism Joshua Gert

19. Colour Relationalism Jonathan Cohen

20. Monism and Pluralism Mark Eli Kalderon

21. Mentalist Approaches to Colour Howard Robinson

22. Eliminativism Wayne Wright

Part 5: Colour Experience and Epistemology

23. How Does Colour Experience Represent the World? Adam Pautz

24. Indirect Realism Barry Maund

25. Does That Which Makes the Sensation Of Blue a Mental Fact Escape Us? John Campbell

26. Colour Experiences and ‘Look’ Sentences Wylie Breckenridge

Part 6: Language, Categories and Thought

27. Colour, Colour Language, and Culture Don Dedrick

28. Colour Categorisation and Categorical Perception Robert Briscoe

29. Cognitive Penetration and the Perception of Colour Dustin Stokes.


About the Editors

Derek H. Brown is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he is also deputy director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience . He is a co-editor of Analysis and Interpretation in the Exact Sciences: Essays in Honour of William Demopoulos (with Mélanie Frappier and Robert DiSalle, 2012).

Fiona Macpherson, FRSE, MAE, is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where she is also director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience. She has previously published previous numerous edited collections including Sensory Substitution and Augmentation (2018), and Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory and Phenomenal Presence (both with Fabian Dorsch, 2018).

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