Behavioral and Brain Sciences

open peer commentary

colour is a culturalist category

j. van brakel a1
a1 department of philosophy, catholic university of leuven, 3000 leuven, belgium


extrapolation of steels & belpaeme's (s&b) results show that colour is a culturalist category. populations will only share the category of colour if it is built into the system. if “left to themselves” different populations may or may not stumble on the colour category. populations that do not share a colour category may still be able to communicate in a wide variety of environments.