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Discomforts and Distortions of Metaphysical Theory

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/10.1093/0195151887.003.0008
 Discomforts and Distortions of Metaphysical Theory

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Discusses the failure of the metaphysical unmasking project, referring to the difference between knowledge of and perception of colour. Argues that the relativity of perception of colour is not generally true, and that physical‐scientific facts do not explain psychological facts such as colour. Counters dispositional theory and Straw's attempts to resolve the conflict between metaphysical error theory and human beliefs about colour through the introduction of a degree of relativity.

Keywords: Colour; Dispositional theory; Knowledge; Metaphysical error theory; Perception; Relativity; Straw

Chapter.  10669 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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