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Joshua Noah Gert
College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA 23186-0002)
Color, Mind, and World: A Study in Perception

The analogy between moral language and color language has been a popular one in the history of philosophy. One reason for this is that both colors and values seem to depend on human nature in some way, and yet many philosophers think that both sorts of properties are objective in an important way. A philosophical investigation into color is in large part an investigation into how it is that properties that are so intimately tied up with human nature can nevertheless be objective properties. My fellowship project is to produce a book that will present a fully worked out theory of the nature of color. My theory will explain the relation of color to human nature. Such a book will be of direct interest for anyone interested in perception and the philosophy of mind. But the book is also explicitly intended to provide a model for those who want to understand the nature of more complicated properties that have the same kind of basis in human nature--such as moral properties.

Project fields:
Linguistic Anthropology; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Language

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 7/31/2015