Colour experiences and ‘look’ sentences

Wylie Breckenridge

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When readers look at the patch below they have a colour experience of the patch. This chapter includes ways of describing our colour experiences. A common way in English is to use a sentence whose main verb is ‘look’. The chapter describes readers colour experience of the patch above, for example, using the following ‘look’ sentence:The patch looks grey to readers. This description does not completely specify their colour experience, because ‘grey’ is too general a colour term, but it is still a true description. In our visual experience uses of ‘look’ sentences readers use, as the complement of ‘look’, expressions from a variety of syntactic categories. Here are some that they might use to describe readers colour experience of the patch. The chapter considers a fairly exhaustive list of our various purported uses of ‘look’ sentences, and argues in each case that either if there is such a use then it is not a visual experience use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of philosophy of colour
EditorsDerek H Brown, Fiona Macpherson
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351048514, 9781351048521
ISBN (Print)9780415743037
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Sep 2020

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