Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 40, number 118, abril 2008
La doctrina platónica de los colores: una interpretación realista
[Plato’s Doctrine on Colors: A Realist Interpretation]
Ekai Txapartegi
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Abstract: Recent developments in the area of the metaphysics of color have led to a revision of the interpretation of Plato’s doctrine. Following this revisionist trend, I present a realist interpretation of his doctrine on colors and argue why it cannot be further specified as either physicalist or primitivist. This exegetic exercise allows the appraisal of the contemporary value of Plato’s doctrine on color. Incipient realist theories of color can now legitimately claim that the historical antecedent that they seem to lack can be found, precisely, in the platonic dialogues.
Keywords: Plato, saturation, brightness, physicalism, primitivism

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