Rediscovering Colors: A Study in Pollyanna Realism

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 30, 2002 - Philosophy - 206 pages
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In Rediscovering Colors: A Study in Pollyanna Realism, Michael Watkins endorses the Moorean view that colors are simple, non-reducible, properties of objects. Consequently, Watkins breaks from what has become the received view that either colors are reducible to certain properties of interest to science, or else nothing is really colored. What is novel about the work is that Watkins, unlike other Mooreans, takes seriously the metaphysics of colors. Consequently, Watkins provides an account of what colors are, how they are related to the physical properties on which they supervene, and how colors can be causally efficacious without the threat of causal overdetermination. Along the way, he provides novel accounts of normal conditions and non-human color properties. The book will be of interest to any metaphysician and philosopher of mind interested in colors and color perception.

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Why Colors are Not Relational Properties
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Colros Dispositions and Causal Powers
A Simple Theory of Normal Conditions
Animals the Color Blind and Far Away Places
Ecce Colores

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Michael Watkins is associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, where he teaches negotiation and corporate diplomacy. He also has taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is the coauthor of "Breakthrough International Negotiation" (Jossey-Bass, 2001), "Right from the Start "(1999), and "Winning the Influence Game" (John Wiley & Sons, 2001). He is also an associate and frequent participant in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

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