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Single Idea 6549

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 1. Perceptual Realism / b. Direct realism]

Full Idea

Personally I favour direct realism regarding secondary qualities, and identify greenness with some complex microphysical property exemplified by green physical objects.

Gist of Idea

I think greenness is a complex microphysical property of green objects


William Lycan (Consciousness [1987], 8.4)

Book Reference

Lycan,William G.: 'Consciousness' [MIT 1995], p.91

A Reaction

He cites D.M.Armstrong (1981) as his source. Personally I find this a bewildering proposal. Does he think there is greenness in grass AS WELL AS the emission of that wavelength of electro-magnetic radiation? Is greenness zooming through the air?