Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Productance physicalism and a posteriori necessity

Don Dedrick a1

a1 Department of Philosophy and Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504-3770


The problem of nonreflectors perceived as colored is the central problem for Byrne & Hilbert's (B&H's) physicalism. Vision scientists and other interested parties need to consider the motivation for their account of “productance physicalism.” Is B&H's theory motivated by scientific concerns or by philosophical interests intended to preserve a physicalist account of color as a posteriori necessary?