Rediscovering Colors

a Study in Pollyanna Realism

  • Michael¬†Watkins

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 88)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. George Berkeley
    Pages 1-18
  3. Thomas Reid, Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Pages 19-44
  4. C.B. Martin, Anonymous
    Pages 45-64
  5. Aristotle
    Pages 107-138
  6. Allan Gibbard, Virgil Aldrich
    Pages 139-164
  7. Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Pages 165-183
  8. Hilary Putnam
    Pages 185-194
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 195-202

About this book


In Rediscovering Colors: A Study in Pollyanna Realism, Michael Watkins endorses the Moorean view that colors are simple, non-reducible, properties of objects. Consequently, Watkins breaks from what has become the received view that either colors are reducible to certain properties of interest to science, or else nothing is really colored. What is novel about the work is that Watkins, unlike other Mooreans, takes seriously the metaphysics of colors. Consequently, Watkins provides an account of what colors are, how they are related to the physical properties on which they supervene, and how colors can be causally efficacious without the threat of causal overdetermination. Along the way, he provides novel accounts of normal conditions and non-human color properties. The book will be of interest to any metaphysician and philosopher of mind interested in colors and color perception.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Michael¬†Watkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Auburn UniversityUSA

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