Colour Fictionalism

Rivista di Estetica 43:109-123 (2010)
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Abstract

In "How to Speak of the Colors", Mark Johnston’s claims that eliminativism would require us to jettison colour discourse. In this paper, I challenge Johnston’s claim. I argue that a particular version of eliminativism, i.e., prescriptive colour fictionalism, allows us to continue employing colour discourse as we have thus far in the absence of colours. In doing so, it employs statistical models in its base discourse to derive high-level statistical constructs that can be linked to the fiction via bridge principles.

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Dimitria Gatzia
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Color.Barry Maund - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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