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The Quest for Reality: Subjectivism and the Metaphysics of Colour

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We say "the grass is green" or "lemons are yellow" to state what everyone knows. But are the things we see around us really colored, or do they only look that way because of the effects of light rays on our eyes and brains? Is color somehow "unreal" or "subjective" and dependent on our human perceptions and the conditions under which we see things?

Distinguished scholar Barry Stroud investigates these and related questions in The Quest for Reality. In this long-awaited book, he examines what a person would have to do and believe in order to reach the conclusion that everyone's perceptions and beliefs about the color of things are "illusions" and do not accurately represent the way things are in the world as it is independently of us. Arguing that no such conclusion could be consistently reached, Stroud finds that the conditions of a successful unmasking of color cannot all be fulfilled. The discussion extends beyond color to present a serious challenge to many other philosophical attempts to discover the way things really are. A model of subtle, elegant, and rigorous philosophical writing, this study will attract a wide audience from all areas of philosophy.

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We say "the grass is green" or "lemons are yellow" to state what everyone knows. But are the things we see around us really colored, or do they only look that way because of the effects of tight rays on our eyes and brains? Is color somehow "unreal" or "subjective" and dependent on our human perceptions and the conditions under which we see things?

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-224) and index.

About the Author

Barry Stroud is Mills Professor of Metaphysics and Epistemology at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Hume (1977) and The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism (1984).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Philosophical Project

Chapter 2. The Philosophical Conception of an Independent Reality

Chapter 3. The Idea of Physical Reality

Chapter 4. Unmasking Explanation and the "Unreality" of Colour

Chapter 5. Perception, Predication, and Belief

Chapter 6. Perceptions of Colour and the Colour of Things

Chapter 7. Perception, Judgment, and Error

Chapter 8. Discomforts and Distortions of Metaphysical Theory

Chapter 9. Engagement, Invulnerability, and Dissatisfaction

Chapter 10. Morals

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195133882
Subtitle:
Subjectivism and the Metaphysics of Colour
Author:
Stroud, Barry
Author:
null, Barry
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
Copyright:
Series Volume:
99-20A
Publication Date:
19991216
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
6.2 x 9.3 x 1 in 1.156 lb

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