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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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Metzinger I 264
Color Researcher Mary/Terminology/Nida-Rümelin(1): non-phenomenally believe: from the use of language - e.g. the sky is blue - in that, you can believe yourself that it is about "red" - believe phenomenally: "The same color as this" or also "knowing how".
Metzinger I 273
But she does not acquire new knowledge simply by getting to know colors from her own experience.
Color Perception/Color Words/Colors/Mary/Marianna/Nida RümelinVsJackson: we better assume two stages: 1) she finally sees colors in the house - only now can she ask if the sky looks redp, bluep, greenp or yellowp for people with normal vision - before: she could not consider the alternatives - but still no acquisition of knowledge.
2nd stage: she steps outside and sees that the sky is blue - so she knows which alternative is true - thus, her own de-se belief that the sky is redp is disproved - therefore, she corrects her mistake about the meaning of color words.

1. Martine Nida-Rümelin: Was Mary nicht wusste in Th. Metzinger (Hg.) Bewusstsein Paderborn, München 1995

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.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Nida I
Martine Nida-Rümelin
Was Mary nicht wissen konnte. Phänomenale Zustände als Gegenstand von Überzeugungen
Bewusstein, Thomas Metzinger,

Metz I
Th. Metzinger (Hrsg.)
Bewusstsein Paderborn 1996

Metz I
Th. Metzinger (Hrsg.)
Bewusstsein Paderborn 1996

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