Colour Relationalism and Colour Irrealism/Eliminativism/Fictionalism

Croatian Journal of Philosophy 12 (3):379-398 (2012)

Abstract
Jonathan Cohen has produced a powerful argument for Colour Relationalism: the metaphysical thesis that colours are relational properties of a certain sort—relational with respect to perceivers and circumstances. Cohen makes two important assumptions: one is that Colour Relationalism and Colour Irrealism are rivals; the second is that “error theories” are theories of last resort. In this paper, I challenge both assumptions. In particular, I argue that there is good reason to think that Colour Relationalism needs to be supplemented by some version ofan Error theory. In so doing, I examine, in detail, the issues raised in a paper by Janet Levin in which she engages in an instructive debate with Colin McGinn. Levin’s paper is important since Cohen places heavy reliance on her arguments, both in defending his relationalist theory against crucial objections, and in his dismissal of error theories
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 1333-1108
DOI 10.5840/croatjphil201212326
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