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Ecumenicism, comparability, and color, or: How to have your cake and eat it, too

  • Author(s): Cohen, Jonathan
  • et al.

Data about perceptual variation motivate the ecumenicist view that distinct color representations are mutually compatible. On the other hand, data about agreement and disagreement motivate making distinct color representations mutually incompatible. Prima facie, these desiderata appear to conflict. I’ll lay out and assess two strategies for managing the conflict — color relationalism and the self-locating property theory of color — with the aim of deciding how best to have your cake and eat it, too.

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