The Philosophy of Colour

Course details

From £77.50

Sat 16 Feb 2019 - Sun 17 Feb 2019
3.00pm Saturday - 2.00pm Sunday

The Philosophy of Colour


What is redness? Is redness the quality of an experience, the property of an object or a property that emerges from the interaction of visual systems like ours with objects that reflect light at a certain wavelength? Could a blind person form the same concept ‘red’ as a sighted person? Does the answer to the second question tell us anything about the answer to the first? During this weekend we shall be discussing colours, our perception of them, our concepts of them, and the philosophy of colour more generally. There will be plenty of opportunity to socialise and to question the speakers.


Programme details


2.45pm           Course Registration

3.00pm           Colours are in the mind, yet we see them all around us

                        DEREK BROWN

4.30pm           Tea / coffee

5.00pm           Colour and material pereption

                        WILL DAVIES

6.30pm           Break / bar open

7.00pm           Dinner

8.15pm-          What colour teaches us about philosophy

9.30pm           DEREK BROWN    



8.15am           Breakfast (residents only)

9.30am          Disorders of colour consciousness

                      WILL DAVIES

10.45am        Coffee / tea

11.15am         Q & A

                      Questions directed by MARIANNE TALBOT

12.30pm         Break / bar open

1.00pm          Lunch

2.00pm          Course disperses


Recommended reading


Brown, D & F. Macpherson. 2018. The Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Colour. Routledge.
Hardin, C. L. (1988). Color for Philosophers, expanded edition. Hackett: Indianapolis, ID.
Maund, B. 2018. Colour.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (



Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Saturday night only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.



Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £77.50
Baguette Sunday: £4.90
Dinner Saturday evening: £20.00
Single B&B Saturday Night: £79.20
Single Room Only Saturday Night : £68.00
Sunday Lunch: £14.00
Twin/Double Room (2 sharing) B&B Saturday night: £112.40
Twin/Double Room Only (2 sharing) Saturday Night: £90.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Dr Derek H Brown


Derek H. Brown is a Lecturer in the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience and Department of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. He works in philosophy of mind and perception, with particular interests in philosophy of colour and ‘indirect’ approaches to perception. He is co-editor of Analysis and Interpretation in the Exact Sciences: Essays in Honour of William Demopoulos (with M. Frappier & R. DiSalle, Springer, 2012) and The Routledge Handbook on Philosophy of Colour (with F. Macpherson, Routledge, 2018). He has held visiting appointments in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Cambridge.


Dr Will Davies


Dr Will Davies is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, specialising in the Philosophy of Psychology, focusing on colour perception in particular. He completed his BPhil and DPhil at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Jowett Senior Scholar, and then held a Junior Research Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge before joining the faculty at Birmingham in 2017. Dr Davies has published articles in journals such as Analysis, Philosophical Studies, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Science. He is currently PI of a British Academy/Leverhulme grant on Colour and Form in the Disordered Mind.


Ms Marianne Talbot

Director of Studies


Marianne Talbot took her first degree at London University, then her B.Phil at Oxford (Corpus Christi College). She has taught for the colleges of Oxford University for 30 years (1987 – 1990 at Pembroke College, 1991 – 2000 at Brasenose College). She has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at OUDCE since 2001. She is the author of Bioethics: An Introduction, and Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic. Marianne’s podcasts have been hugely popular. Two of them have been global number one on iTunesU. One of these (The Nature of Arguments) has been downloaded 7 million times.




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