Revelation and the Nature of Colour

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According to naïve realist (or primitivist) theories of colour, colours are sui generis mind-independent properties. The question that I consider in this paper is the relationship of naïve realism to what Mark Johnston calls Revelation, the thesis that the essential nature of colour is fully revealed in a standard visual experience. In the first part of the paper, I argue that if naïve realism is true, then Revelation is false. In the second part of the paper, I defend naïve realism against a number of objections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-176
Number of pages24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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