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Primary and Secondary Qualities

J. L. Mackie

in Problems from Locke

Published in print May 1976 | ISBN: 9780198750369
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597947 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198750366.003.0002
 Primary and Secondary Qualities

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Mackie examines the distinction between primary and secondary qualities. It is argued that Locke's distinction supports the claim that he held a representative theory of perception. Mackie discussed Locke's arguments for the distinction. The relation of Locke's account to Molyneaux's problem is considered. Mackie critically compares his reformulation of the primary/secondary distinction with that of Jonathan Bennett.

Keywords: abstraction; Bennett; Molyneaux; perception; primary qualities; secondary qualities

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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