Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Continuing Commentary
Commentary on Alex Byrne & David R. Hilbert (2003). Color realism and color science. BBS 26(1):3–21.

The right kind of content for a physicalist about color

Paul Skokowski a1
a1 Symbolic Systems and Philosophy Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2155


Color experiences have representational content. But this content need not include a propositional component, particularly for reflectance physicalists such as Byrne & Hilbert (B&H). Insisting on such content gives primacy to language where it is not required, and makes the extension of the argument to nonhuman animals suspect.