Impossible Colours: Wittgenstein and the Naturalist’s Challenge

  • Andrew LuggEmail author
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 388)


With the rise of naturalistic philosophy, conceptual analysis has faded into the background, and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s account of reddish green and transparent white as grammatically excluded has been written off or ignored. While his view of such impossible colours is, as he himself saw, open to question, so too is the naturalist’s alternative.



As usual I am grateful to my friend Paul Forster for very useful comments and encouragement.


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  1. 1.University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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