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How Colours Matter to Philosophy

Editors: Silva, Marcos (Ed.)

  • Examines the logical and linguistic aspects of colours as philosophical problems
  • Offers a historically informed discussion of colours
  • Coverage bridges continental and analytic philosophy
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About this book

This edited volume explores the different and seminal ways colours matter to philosophy. Each chapter provides an insightful analysis of one or more cases in which colours raise philosophical problems in different areas and periods of philosophy. 

This historically informed discussion examines both logical and linguistic aspects, covering such areas as the mind, aesthetics and the foundations of mathematics. The international contributors look at traditional epistemological and metaphysical issues on the subjectivity and objectivity of colours. In addition, they also assess phenomenological problems typical of the continental tradition and contemporary problems in the philosophy of mind. The chapters include coverage of such topics as Newton’s and Goethe’s theory of light and colours, how primary qualities are qualitative and colours are primary, explaining colour phenomenology, and colour in cognition, language and philosophy.


 "This book beautifully prepares the ground for the next steps in our research on and philosophising about colour" Daniel D. Hutto (University of Wollongong)


"It is not an overstatement to say that How Colours to Philosophy is a ground breaking publication" Mazviita Chirimuuta (University of Pittsburgh)


"Anyone interested in philosophical issues about color will find it highly stimulating." Martine Nida-Rümelin (Université de Fribourg)


"The high quality papers included in this anthology succeed admirably in enriching current philosophical thinking about colour” Erik Myin (University of Antwerp)


“This is certainly the most complete collection of philosophical essays on colours ever published” André Leclerc (University of Brasília)


“All in all this collections represents a new milestone in the ongoing philosophical debate on colours and colour expressions” Ingolf Max (University of Leipzig)

About the authors

Marcos Silva is currently Associate Professor at the Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil. His work deals mainly with Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Language and Wittgenstein’s Philosophy. He already presented some topics of his research in several countries, as Portugal, Italy, Belgium, France, Austria, England and Germany. He was already a visiting researcher in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (2012) in Leipzig, Germany (2013-2014), in Fortaleza, Brazil (2015), and in Pittsburgh, USA (2017).  In 2017, he received the Fulbright Junior Faculty Member award.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Dispositionalism: Democritus and Colours by Convention

    Maund, Barry

    Pages 3-24

  • Hue, Brightness & Saturation in Classical Greek Chroma Terms

    Txapartegi, Ekai

    Pages 25-45

  • How Many Colours?

    Walsh, Kirsten

    Pages 47-71

  • Goethe contra Newton on Colours, Light, and the Philosophy of Science

    Müller, Olaf L.

    Pages 73-95

  • On Color: The Husserlian Material a Priori

    Silva, Jairo José

    Pages 97-105

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-67398-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-67397-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Colours Matter to Philosophy
Editors
  • Marcos Silva
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
388
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67398-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67398-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-67397-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 323
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations, 26 illustrations in colour
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