The MAP (Master in Philosophy) at USI (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano) is pleased to announce the first talk of the Lugano Philosophy Colloquia, titled "'Color is an Illusion'.".
The guest speaker is:
Peter van Inwagen (John Cardinal O'Hara Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame).
The talk is chaired by:
Anna Marmodoro (Professor of Philosophy, Durham University, Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Visiting Professor at the MAP).
The talk will be held on Zoom and it will also be streamed on USI Master in Philosophy Facebook page.
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The Abstract of the Talk:
It is a widely held thesis that color is in some sense an illusion. In this paper it is argued that, whatever the thesis expressed by 'Color is an illusion' is, that thesis must entail that the propositions expressed by the "color sentences" spoken in the course of conducting the ordinary business of life ('The car that fled the scene of the accident was a dark green Lexus'; 'The most common white pigment is titanium dioxide'; 'The predominant color of Picasso's La Vie is blue') are mostly false. It is further argued that those propositions are mostly true—and that, therefore, color is not an illusion. An important part of the argument of the paper is an extended comparison of color with a truly illusory phenomenon, centrifugal force.