Do Colours Look Like Dispositions? Reply to Langsam and Others

Author: Byrne, Alex

Source: The Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 51, Number 203, April 2001 , pp. 238-245(8)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Abstract:

Dispositional theories of colour have been attacked by McGinn and others on the ground that ‘Colours do not look like dispositions’. Langsam has argued that on the contrary they do, in ‘Why Colours Do Look Like Dispositions’, The Philosophical Quarterly, 50 (2000), pp. 68–75. I make three claims. First, neither side has made its case. Secondly, it is true, at least on one interpretation, that colours do not look like dispositions. Thirdly, this does not show that dispositionalism about colours is false.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0031-8094.2001.00227.x

Affiliations: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Publication date: April 1, 2001

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