Color and transparency

Rivista di Estetica 43 (1):181-192 (2010)
In this paper I argue that all transparent objects are colorless. This thesis is important for at least three reasons. First, if transparent objects are colorless, there is no need to distinguish between colors which characterize three-dimensional bodies, like transparent colors, and colors which lie on the surface of objects. Second, traditional objections against color physicalism relying on transparent colors are rendered moot. Finally, an improved understanding of the relations between colors, light and transparency is provided.
Keywords color  transparency  productance  realism  physicalism  pluralism  color physicalism  perception  light  lighting conditions
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