Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Perceptual objects may have nonphysical properties

Aaron Ben-Ze[hamza ]ev a1

a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel


Byrne & Hilbert defend color realism, which assumes that: (a) colors are properties of objects; (b) these objects are physical; hence, (c) colors are physical properties. I accept (a), agree that in a certain sense (b) can be defended, but reject (c). Colors are properties of perceptual objects – which also have underlying physical properties – but they are not physical properties.