John Heil

in From an Ontological Point of View

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259748
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597657 | DOI:

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A broadly dispositionalist account of colour is sketched and defended in the context of a discussion of primary and secondary qualities. Secondary qualities are complex primary qualities picked out by reference to their effects on human observers. These effects, properly seen as mutual manifestations of dispositions present in light radiation (structured by perceived objects) and in observers, are colour experiences.

Keywords: colour; causation; disposition; J. Locke; light; manifestation; perception; primary; property; quality; secondary

Chapter.  4855 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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