On Color Categorization: Why Do We Name Seven Colors in the Rainbow?
Article first published online: 2 JUN 2014
© 2014 The Author(s) Philosophy Compass © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 9, Issue 6, pages 382–391, June 2014
How to Cite
Jraissati, Y. (2014), On Color Categorization: Why Do We Name Seven Colors in the Rainbow?. Philosophy Compass, 9: 382–391. doi: 10.1111/phc3.12131
- Issue published online: 2 JUN 2014
- Article first published online: 2 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 15 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 6 NOV 2013
What makes it the case that we draw the boundary between “blue” and “green” where we draw it? Do we draw this boundary where we draw it because our perceptual system is biologically determined in this way? Or is it culture and language that guide the way we categorize colors? These two possible answers have shaped the historical discussion opposing so-called universalists to relativists. Yet, the most recent theoretical developments on color categorization reveal the limits of such a polarization.