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A Naïve Realist Theory of Colour

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2017.10.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Keith Allen, A Naïve Realist Theory of Colour, Oxford University Press, 2016, 204 pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198755364. Reviewed by Hagit Benbaji, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev The title of Keith Allen's fascinating book succinctly describes its content. The theory is realist because it holds that colors are mind-independent properties of physical objects. The theory is naïve because it holds that colors are distinct from any property identified by science. And it is a theory: notwithstanding any association with the adjective 'naïve,' this is the most systematic and developed account of colors as qualitative properties to date. Beyond the title, we are acquainted with qualitative properties through experience, so that the naïve realist theory of colors is coupled with a naïve realist theory of perception, in order to account for the autonomy of the manifest image. Yet, the manifest image does not. . .

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