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Color for Philosophers: Unweaving the Rainbow Paperback – January 1, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0872200395 ISBN-10: 0872200396 Edition: Expanded

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; Expanded edition (January 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872200396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872200395
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Much the best philosophically orientated book about colour that has been written. . . . It has none of the philosophical crudity which mars scientific accounts of colour, and none of the scientific ignorance which makes so many philosophical accounts of colour worthless or worse. . . . Time and again I found myself unexpectedly convinced at a point whose opposite I had believed. I have in mind particularly the later sections on ‘Other colours, other minds’, language foci, and ‘boundaries and indeterminacy’. It is annoying, but also exhilarating, to be relieved of some stubborn and treasured opinions. --Jonathan Westphal, Mind


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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1997
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This book is a model example of how to write philosophy. It examines a body of evidence about an aspect of the real world--in this case, about the physics, physiology, psychology, and cultural anthropology of human color vision--and does so with impressive clarity; a completely naive reader could read it and learn more than from most textbooks. It then goes on to explore the philosophical implications of this body of evidence. Here the conclusions are less satisfactory, largely because the author forces things into a framework of objective (= in reality apart from the mind) vs. subjective (= in the mind apart from reality), with no conception of the intentional or relational (in the mind interacting with reality), and thus reaches the unwarranted conclusion that color is subjective. But even given this limitation, his arguments are so clearly presented that the reader is never confused about what his conclusions are or how he reached them; the presentation approaches the honesty of good mathematics. If there is a muse of expository prose this book belongs in her shrine.
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8 of 24 people found the following review helpful By bjflanagan on February 18, 2006
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Following an able and readable survey of color science (such as it is), the author concludes that, since color doesn't fit anywhere in our science (as presently conceived), it therefore follows that color doesn't exist -- or is, at best, an illusion. Brilliant! Just think of all the troublesome phenomena that might be dismissed in this manner.
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