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Pasnau, R. (2007). The event of color. Philosophical Studies, 142(3), 353–369.
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Keywords: Definition of sound
Publisher: Penguin Books (London)
Collection: Philosophical Studies
When objects are illuminated, the light they reflect does not simply bounce off their surface. Rather, that light is entirely reabsorbed and then reemitted, as the result of a complex microphysical event near the surface of the object. If we are to be physicalists regarding color, then we should analyze colors in terms of that event, just as we analyze heat in terms of molecular motion, and sound in terms of vibrations. On this account, colors are not standing properties of objects, but events, or (more cautiously) properties associated with events. Accordingly, objects in the dark are no more colored than a turned-off stove is hot. Such an account requires rejecting some of what folk ordinarily say about color, but this is the most coherent version of color physicalism.
While exploring the philsophical subject of color, the perception of sound is used as an analogy.
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