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Monism and pluralism

Kalderon, ME; (2020) Monism and pluralism. In: The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Colour. (pp. 327-341). Routledge: London, UK.

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Abstract

Most philosophers are colour monists, and if they are realists, they likely believe that there are a plurality of colours- that things are blue, yellow, and red, mauve and magenta, and many other colours, both named and unnamed. Nor is colour pluralism the claim that objects can be multi-coloured. Though colour monism is the orthodox position in the philosophy of colour, it is rarely held explicitly with its commitments articulated clearly. The colour pluralist concedes to the monist that there is a unity to a plurality of colours displayed in the relations of similarity and difference, determination, and exclusion in which they stand. The pluralist was represented as retaining the colour monist’s commitment to colour realism. However, the attribution of realism to the colour monist was made on the back of a particular, and particularly strong, characterization of colour eliminativism-that nothing is or could be coloured.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Monism and pluralism
ISBN-13: 9780415743037
DOI: 10.4324/9781351048521-25
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351048521
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1542316
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