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European Review of Philosophy, vol 3 cover

European Review of Philosophy, 3:


edited by Roberto Casati and Christine Tappolet

Some concepts, such as colour concepts or value concepts, seem to bear traces of the mind's own make-up. For instance, the character of perceptually-determined colour concepts seems in some sense derivative from the character of the visual system. Thus, it has seemed plausible to claim that the corresponding colour properties are dispositions to elicit certain visual experiences in normal observers under suitable conditions. Much the same has been suggested for value concepts. An extreme position would be that colours and values therefore are not in the world at all, they instead are mere projections that tell us more about the users of response-dependent concepts than about the world they inhabit. But even setting aside such extreme views, a number of important philosophical and psychological questions remain open. What exactly is response-dependence, and does any concept have this feature? What is the appropriate metaphysics for properties represented by response-dependent concepts, and for these concepts themselves? What determines the extension of such properties? How are we to account for knowledge expressed in terms of response-dependent concepts? What mechanisms correctly explain the origins of response-dependent concepts, and their role in representation? This volume brings together a wide range of views on these questions.

Roberto Casati is Senior Researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France Christine Tappolet is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montreal.


  • Realism or Response Dependence?
    Mark Powell
  • Euthyphronism and the Physicality of Colour: A Comment on Mark Powell's “Realism or Response-Dependence?”
    Crispin Wright
  • The Essence of Response-Dependence
    Ralph Wedgwood
  • Terms, Things and Response-Dependence
    Philip Pettit
  • Red, Bitter, Good
    Peter Railton
  • Response-Dependence Without Reduction
    Michael Smith
  • Two Paths to Pragmatism
    Huw Price
  • Response-Dependence, Kripke and Minimal Truth
    Jim Edwards
  • Rule-Following, Response-Dependence, and McDowell's Debate with Anti-Realism
    Alexander Miller
  • Interpretivism
    Alex Byrne
  • Metaphor and Judgements of Experience
    Alison Denham
  • Possibility and Conceivability: A Response-Dependent Account of Their Connections
    Peter Menzies


ISBN (Paperback): 1575861046 (9781575861043)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575861054 (9781575861050)

Subject: Philosophy

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