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Inter-species variation in colour perception

Allen, K. (2009) Inter-species variation in colour perception. Philosophical Studies. pp. 197-220. ISSN 0031-8116

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Abstract

Inter-species variation in colour perception poses a serious problem for the view that colours are mind-independent properties. Given that colour perception varies so drastically across species, which species perceives colours as they really are? In this paper, I argue that all do. Specifically, I argue that members of different species perceive properties that are determinates of different, mutually compatible, determinables. This is an instance of a general selectionist strategy for dealing with cases of perceptual variation. According to selectionist views, objects simultaneously instantiate a plurality of colours, all of them genuinely mind-independent, and subjects select from amongst this plurality which colours they perceive. I contrast selectionist views with relationalist views that deny the mind-independence of colour, and consider some general objections to this strategy.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009 Springer Verlag. This is an author produced version of a paper published in PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self archiving policy.
Keywords: Colour, Colour perception, Perceptual variation, Selectionism, REALISM, VISION, Philosophy
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Philosophy (York)
Depositing User: Repository Administrator York
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2009 14:10
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 11:04
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11098-007-9183-z
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5503

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