Inter-species variation in colour perception

Philosophical Studies 142 (2):197 - 220 (2009)
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
Keywords color   pluralism   shifted spectrum
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Keith Allen (2007). The Mind-Independence of Colour. European Journal of Philosophy 15 (2):137–158.
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