Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Colours: in philosophy, the problem of coulour is, among other things, the question of how individual sensory impressions can be generalized or objectified. See also qualities, qualia, perception, inverted spectra, private language.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Dummett I 60ff
Frege/Dummett: "When we see a blue surface, we have a peculiar impression that corresponds to the word "blue"; and we recognize it when we see another blue surface."
Dum I 60ff
But even in common language use an objective sense stands out: If you call snow white - E.g. If the snow is lighted with colored lights, the effect influences the assessment. It now appears red, but it is white.
Even a color-blind person can speak of red and green. He can tell the difference because others make a distinction, or perhaps through a physical experiment. The color word does often not refer to our subjective sensation. The color-blind person can recognize it, because the others recognize it as such.
Frege: "Red": uniform reference, changing (Fregean) sense in speakers. (DummettVs)

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

G. Frege
Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik Stuttgart 1987

G. Frege
Funktion, Begriff, Bedeutung Göttingen 1994

G. Frege
Logische Untersuchungen Göttingen 1993

Du I
M. Dummett
Ursprünge der analytischen Philosophie Frankfurt 1992

M. Dummett
Wahrheit Stuttgart 1982

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