On the Genealogy of Color: A Case Study in Historicized Conceptual Analysis

2016.10.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Zed Adams, On the Genealogy of Color: A Case Study in Historicized Conceptual Analysis, Routledge, 2016, 140pp., $116.00 (hbk),
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2016.10.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Zed Adams, On the Genealogy of Color: A Case Study in Historicized Conceptual Analysis, Routledge, 2016, 140pp., $116.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138928145. Reviewed by Barry Maund, University of Western Australia Zed Adams has written an intriguing book on an interesting topic. He employs an imaginative technique, which he calls "historicized conceptual analysis". He addresses a certain contemporary debate in the philosophy of color, on the question of color realism. More specifically, his target is a debate between Cartesian anti-realists and Oxford realists. The Cartesian anti-realists, e.g., John Mackie and myself, argue that objects do not have colors given our ordinary understanding of color. Oxford realists, e.g., Colin McGinn, John McDowell, and Gareth Evans, reject that thesis, arguing that our ordinary understanding of color fits a dispositionalist account of color. As Adams points out, the first premise. . .

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