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 29 specially commissioned contributions by leading philosophers and examines the most important aspects of philosophy of colour. It is organized 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.
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 published numerous edited collections including Sensory Substitution and Augmentation (2018) and Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory and Phenomenal Presence (2018, both with Fabian Dorsch).