The Place of Colour in Nature

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This chapter focuses on the nature of colour and suggests that conception of colour can be formed by their relations to our colour experiences. It describes the functional analysis of redness, however, the analysis is intended to hold for all colours, chromatic and achromatic. The basic proposal is that redness is that property which disposes its bearers to look red in standard visual perceivers in standard conditions of visual observation. This analysis also agrees with the dispositional analysis which implies that something is red only if it is disposed to look red to standard perceivers in standard circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationColour Perception
Subtitle of host publicationMind and the Physical World
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191686764
ISBN (Print)9780198505006
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


  • Achromatic colours
  • Chromatic colours
  • Colour
  • Dispositional analysis
  • Functional analysis
  • Nature
  • Redness

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