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The Routledge handbook of philosophy of colour

Edited by: Derek H. Brown , Fiona Macpherson

Print publication date:  September  2020
Online publication date:  September  2020

Print ISBN: 9780415743037
eBook ISBN: 9781351048521
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351048521
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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 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

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Colour, colour experience, and the mind-body problem Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Colour, scepticism, and epistemology Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Philosophy of science Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Truth, vagueness, and semantics Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The logic of colour concepts Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Colour and the arts Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The analogy between colour and value Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The science of colour and colour vision Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Colour spaces Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Unique hues and colour experience Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Novel colour experiences and their implications  Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Colour synaesthesia and its philosophical implications Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Spectrum inversion Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Interspecies variations Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Colour illusion  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Colour constancy Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Objectivist reductionism Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Primitivist objectivism Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Colour relationalism Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Monism and pluralism Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Mentalist approaches to colour Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Eliminativism  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  How does colour experience represent the world? Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Indirect realism Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Does that which makes the sensation of blue a mental fact escape us? Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Colour experiences and ‘look’ sentences Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Colour, colour language, and culture Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Colour categorization and categorical perception Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Cognitive penetration and the perception of colour Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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