Springer, Dordrecht


323 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-67397-4

Synthese Library
vol. 388

How colours matter to philosophy

Edited by

Marcos Silva

This edited volume explores the different and seminal ways colours matter to philosophy. Each chapter provides an insightful analysis of one or more cases in which colours raise philosophical problems in different areas and periods of philosophy. 

This historically informed discussion examines both logical and linguistic aspects, covering such areas as the mind, aesthetics and the foundations of mathematics. The international contributors look at traditional epistemological and metaphysical issues on the subjectivity and objectivity of colours. In addition, they also assessphenomenological problems typical of the continental tradition and contemporary problems in the philosophy of mind. The chapters include coverage of such topics as Newton's and Goethe's theory of light and colours, how primary qualities are qualitative and colours are primary, explaining colour phenomenology, and colour in cognition, language and philosophy.

 "This book beautifully prepares the ground for the next steps in our research on and philosophising about colour" Daniel D. Hutto (University of Wollongong)

"It is not an overstatement to say that How Colours to Philosophy is a ground breaking publication" Mazviita Chirimuuta (University of Pittsburgh)

"Anyone interested in philosophical issues about color will find it highly stimulating." Martine Nida-Rümelin (Université de Fribourg)

"The high quality papers included in this anthology succeed admirably in enriching current philosophical thinking about colour" Erik Myin (University of Antwerp)

"This is certainly the most complete collection of philosophical essays on colours ever published" André Leclerc (University of Brasília)

"All in all this collections represents a new milestone in the ongoing philosophical debate on colours and colour expressions" Ingolf Max (University of Leipzig)

Publication details

Full citation:

Silva, M. (ed) (2017). How colours matter to philosophy, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents


Maund Barry


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How many colours?

Walsh Kirsten


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On color

Da Silva Jairo José


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Impossible colours

Lugg Andrew


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Mulligan Kevin


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Explaining colour phenomenology

Unwin Nicholas


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Dasein is the animal that sorts out colors

Ainbinder Bernardo


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Subjectivity and normativity in colour-distinctions

Stekeler-Weithofer Pirmin


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Bueno Otávio


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Things are not what they seem

Priest Graham


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Proofs versus experiments

Dalva Secco Gisele; Pereira Luiz Carlos


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The wonder of colors and the principle of Ariadne

Carnielli Walter; di Prisco Carlos


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