Orange laser beams are not illusory: The need for a plurality of “real” color ontologies

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (1):27-28 (2003)
Reflectance physicalism only provides a partial picture of the ontology of color. Byrne & Hilbert’ account is unsatisfactory because the replacement of reflectance functions by productance functions is ad hoc, unclear, and only leads to new problems. Furthermore, the effects of color contrast and differences in illumination are not really taken seriously: Too many “real” colors are tacitly dismissed as illusory, and this for arbitrary reasons. We claim that there cannot be an all-embracing ontology for color.
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X03280018
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