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Unmasking Explanation and the ‘Unreality’ Of Colour

Barry Stroud

in The Quest for Reality

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151886
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151887.003.0004
 Unmasking Explanation and the ‘Unreality’ Of Colour

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Argues against the idea that reality is purely physical and can be totally captured by scientific explanation, thus excluding colour from reality. Counters exclusive physicalism by arguing that explanation does not necessarily constitute a true account of the world and its supposedly subjective qualities, and scientific language does not go beyond the limits of the physical. Raises questions about the link between physical and psychological phenomena and about the view of perception as separate from what is perceived, and argues that an understanding of the perception of colour is required in order metaphysically to unmask its link to physicality.

Keywords: Colour; Exclusive physicalism; Explanation; Language; Perception; Physicality; Reality

Chapter.  12372 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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