LINGUIST List 13.1725

Tue Jun 18 2002

Calls: Semantics, Colors

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  1. Regine Eckardt, Call For Papers
  2. Stevan Harnad, BBS Call for Commentators: Byrne & Hilbert; Color Realism and Color Science

Message 1: Call For Papers

Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 18:37:26 +0200
From: Regine Eckardt <>
Subject: Call For Papers

LinguistList posting: Final Call for Papers

Konstanz (Germany)
3-5 October 2002
SuB 7
7. Sinn und Bedeutung, Annual meeting of the German Semantic Society
deadline: 30 June 2002

Our updated website now includes the special downloadable SuB 7
poster! Please, use the "reload" function in order to access the most
recent updates of our websites (including the corrected email adresses
of the organizers) at

Regine Eckardt, Wilhelm Geuder, Klaus von Heusinger, Matthias Weisgerber

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Message 2: BBS Call for Commentators: Byrne & Hilbert; Color Realism and Color Science

Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 20:41:40 +0100 (BST)
From: Stevan Harnad <>
Subject: BBS Call for Commentators: Byrne & Hilbert; Color Realism and Color Science

 Below is a link to the forthcoming BBS target article

 Color Realism and Color Science


 Alex Byrne & David R. Hilbert

This article has been accepted for publication in Behavioral and Brain
Sciences (BBS), an international, interdisciplinary journal providing
Open Peer Commentary on important and controversial current research
in the biobehavioral and cognitive sciences. If you are interested in
submitting a commentary on this paper, or would like to suggest
someone else as a potential commentator on this paper, please read on.

Commentators must be BBS Associates or nominated by a BBS
Associate. To be considered as a commentator for this article, to
suggest other appropriate commentators, or for information about how
to become a BBS Associate, please reply by EMAIL within within three
(3) weeks to:

The Calls are sent to 10,000 BBS Associates, so there is no
expectation (indeed, it would be calamitous) that each recipient
should comment on every occasion! Hence there is no need to reply
except if you wish to comment, or to suggest someone to comment.

If you are not a BBS Associate, please approach a current BBS
Associate (there are currently over 10,000 worldwide) who is familiar
with your work to nominate you. All past BBS authors, referees and
commentators are eligible to become BBS Associates. An electronic list
of BBS Associates (1978-2000) is available at this location to help
you select a name:

If no current BBS Associate knows your work, please send us your
Curriculum Vitae and BBS will circulate it to appropriate Associates
to ask whether they would be prepared to nominate you. (In the
meantime, your name, address and email address will be entered into
our database as an unaffiliated investigator.)



To help us put together a balanced list of commentators, please give
some indication of the aspects of the topic on which you would bring
your areas of expertise to bear if you were selected as a commentator.

To help you decide whether you would be an appropriate commentator for
this article, an electronic draft is retrievable from the online
BBSPrints Archive, at the URL proceeding the abstract below.

Color Realism and Color Science

Alex Byrne
Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge MA 02139

David R. Hilbert
Department of Philosophy
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago IL 60607

KEYWORDS: Color, color vision, comparative vision, ecological view,
inverted spectrum, mental representation, perception, physicalism,
qualia, realism, similarity

ABSTRACT: The target article is an attempt to make some progress on
the problem of color realism. Are objects colored? And what is the
nature of the color properties? We defend the view that physical
objects (for instance, tomatoes, radishes, and rubies) are colored,
and that colors are physical properties, specifically types of
reflectance. This is probably a minority opinion, at least among color
scientists. Textbooks frequently claim that physical objects aren't
colored, and that the colors are "subjective" or "in the mind." The
article has two other purposes: first, to introduce an
interdisciplinary audience to some distinctively philosophical tools
that are useful in tackling the problem of color realism and, second,
to clarify the various positions and central arguments in the debate.

The first part explains the problem of color realism and makes some
useful distinctions. These distinctions are then used to expose
various confusions that often prevent people from seeing that the
issues are genuine and difficult, and that the problem of color
realism ought to be of interest to anyone working in the field of
color science. The second part explains the various leading answers to
the problem of color realism, and (briefly) argues that all views
other than our own have serious difficulties or are unmotivated. The
third part explains and motivates our own view, that colors are types
of reflectances, and defends it against objections made in the recent
literature that are often taken as fatal.



Please do not prepare a commentary yet. Just let us know, after having
inspected it, what relevant expertise you feel you would bring to bear
on what aspect of the article. We will then let you know whether it
was possible to include your name on the final formal list of



(1) Call for Book Nominations for BBS Multiple Book Review

 In the past, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) had only been able
 to do 1-2 BBS multiple book treatments per year, because of our
 limited annual page quota. BBS's new expanded page quota will make
 it possible for us to increase the number of books we treat per
 year, so this is an excellent time for BBS Associates and
 biobehavioral/cognitive scientists in general to nominate books you
 would like to see accorded BBS multiple book review.

 (Authors may self-nominate, but books can only be selected on the
 basis of multiple nominations.) It would be very helpful if you
 indicated in what way a BBS Multiple Book Review of the book(s) you
 nominate would be useful to the field (and of course a rich list of
 potential reviewers would be the best evidence of its potential

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