David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Consciousness and Cognition 10 (1):42-58 (2001)
According to color subjectivism, colors are mental properties, processes, or events of visual experiences of color. I first lay out an argument for subjectivism founded on claims from visual science and show that it also relies on a philosophical assumption. I then argue that subjectivism is untenable because this view cannot provide a plausible account of color perception. I describe three versions of subjectivism, each of which combines subjectivism with a theory of perception, namely sense datum theory, adverbialism, and the virtual color proposal, and argue that each version faces serious objections. Considering these three theories of perception to be exhaustive of those available to the subjectivist, I conclude that subjectivism is untenable and that the scientifically motivated argument for this view is unsound. I then offer the diagnosis that the philosophical assumption on which this argument relies is mistaken.
|Keywords||*Color Perception *Philosophies *Subjectivity|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
P. Ross (2001). Qualia and the Senses. Philosophical Quarterly 51 (205):495-511.
Peter W. Ross (2001). Qualia and the Senses. Philosophical Quarterly 51 (205):495-511.
Similar books and articles
Peter W. Ross (2012). Perceived Colors and Perceived Locations: A Problem for Color Subjectivism. American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (2):125-138.
Ian Gold (2001). Spatial Location in Color Vision. Consciousness and Cognition 10 (1):59-62.
David M. Rosenthal (2001). Color, Mental Location, and the Visual Field. Consciousness and Cognition 10 (1):85-93.
Zoltán Jakab (2001). Commentary on P. W. Ross: The Location Problem for Color Subjectivism. Consciousness and Cognition 10 (1):133-139.
Antti Revonsuo (2001). Putting Color Back Where It Belongs. Consciousness and Cognition 10 (1):78-84.
Nigel J. T. Thomas (2001). Color Realism: Toward a Solution to the "Hard Problem". Consciousness and Cognition 10 (1):140-145.
James A. McGilvray (1994). Constant Colors in the Head. Synthese 100 (2):197-239.
Joseph Levine (2006). Color and Color Experience: Colors as Ways of Appearing. Dialectica 60 (3):269-282.
Jonathan Cohen (2001). Subjectivism, Physicalism or None of the Above? Comments on Ross's The Location Problem for Color Subjectivism. Consciousness and Cognition 10 (1):94-104.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads39 ( #52,439 of 1,679,298 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #60,223 of 1,679,298 )
How can I increase my downloads?