Understanding Broken Colours

Tuesday, 18 October 2022, 16:00-18:00

Senate House, Room 243

*Please note the weekday change for this session*


Ulrike Kern (2016) recently unpacked the history of a concept, broken colours. Though it’s been in use since the early Seventeenth Century, and is even used today by painters, critics, and art theorists when discussing colour, it hasn’t much influenced philosophical discussions of colour or the depiction of things as coloured. It should. This paper has two goals. First, work out a philosophical reconstruction of the concept whose history Kern so ably traces. And second, show why this concept is one that helps us understand chromatic experience, colour, and the depiction of things as coloured.


Following NHS guidance, all attendees are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated (including boosters) against Covid-19, unless medically exempt. Face coverings are still encouraged, especially in classrooms. Our group is diverse; please continue to be considerate of those who wear face coverings and those who don’t. Thank you.