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Pluralist framework for colors
Author(s): Barry Maund
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The visual world, the world we see, is a world populated by colored objects. Central to any adequate theoretical account of color is a theory of how these colors are experienced. The best theory of color experience, I have argued previously, is an Illusion theory: objects are represented in color experience as having colors that neither they nor any physical object actually has. We cannot, however, be content with this conclusion which comprises a negative thesis. We need to go on and ask how we should think of colors. For some purposes, e.g. for most practical purposes, the answer is that we should think of colors in the same way as we always did. For some purposes, e.g. theoretical and philosophical purposes, however, we need to develop a more comprehensive account. In principle, we should expect to develop a pluralist framework for colors, one that has room for a range of different, but related, colors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4421, 9th Congress of the International Colour Association, (6 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.464558
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Barry Maund, Univ. of Western Australia (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4421:
9th Congress of the International Colour Association
Robert Chung; Allan Rodrigues, Editor(s)

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