Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Centre for Philosophical Psychology
PHILOSOPHY COMPASS (ELECTRONIC)
9(2014):11, p. 803-813
The view that physical objects do not, in fact, possess colour properties is certainly the dominant position amongst scientists working on colour vision. It is also a reasonably popular view amongst philosophers. However, the recent philosophical debate about the metaphysical status of colour properties seems to have taken a more realist turn. In this article, I review the main philosophical views eliminativism, physicalism, dispositionalism and primitivism and describe the problems they face. I also examine how these views have been classified and suggest that there may be less disparity between some of these positions than previously thought.