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Color Ontology and Color Science$
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Jonathan Cohen and Mohan Matthen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013857

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013857.001.0001

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: Hardin and Color Relationalism

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Hardin and Color Relationalism

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Color Ontology and Color Science

Jonathan Cohen

The MIT Press

This chapter aims to defend relationalism against C. L. Hardin’s most recent criticisms of it. Hardin is a philosopher who has arguably changed the world through his work Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow, which pointed out that a vast field of empirical research had developed since the modern period. These developments impose serious constraints on ontological and epistemological disputes about color. First, it is important to consider Hardin’s recent objections against color physicalism, and why existing physicalist defenses against such objections are unsatisfactory, in order to motivate the discussion here. This will put us in a position to see some of the virtues of color relationalism, from which Hardin’s complaints against it can be evaluated. It is argued in this chapter that relationalism survives Hardin’s criticisms, and that it is ultimately preferable to both color physicalism and his own irrealist view.

Keywords:   relationalism, C. L. Hardin, color, color physicalism, color relationalism, irrealist view

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