Color is an endlessly fascinating subject to philosophers, scientists, and laypersons, as well an an instructive microcosm of cognitive science. In these two anthologies, Alex Byrne and David Hilbert present a survey of the important recent philosophical and scientific writings on color. The introduction to volume 1 provides a philosophical background and links the philosophical issues to the empirical work covered in volume 2. The bibliography in volume 1 is an extensive resource for those doing philosophical work on color. The scientific selections in volume 2 present work in color science that is relevant to philosophical thinking about color; the material is comprehensive and sophisticated enough to be useful to the scientific reader. The introduction to volume 2 is an overview of color science; the volume also contains suggestions for further reading.
About the Editor
Alex Byrne is Professor of Philosophy at MIT and the coeditor of Fact and Value: Essays on Ethics and Metaphysics for Judith Jarvis Thomson (2001) and Readings on Color, volumes 1 and 2 (1997), all published by the MIT Press.
"This admirable volume of readings is the first of a pair: the editorsare to be applauded for placing the philosophy of color exactly whereit should go, in double harness with the most recent discoveries inthe science of color and color vision. Byrne and Hilbert concentrateon the main game, the question of realism, choose well, and bring thecollection right up to date with two new essays quite as good asanything else in the volume."
—Keith Campbell, Challis Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney