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Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value$
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Rebecca Copenhaver and Todd Buras

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733676.001.0001

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Seeing White and Wrong

Seeing White and Wrong

Reid on the Role of Sensations in Perception, with a Focus on Colour Perception

(p.100) 5 Seeing White and Wrong
Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value

Lucas Thorpe

Oxford University Press

This chapter advocates a liberal interpretation of the objects of perception according to Reid. Starting from the assumption that the perception of secondary qualities is genuine perception for Reid, it builds an account of the sort of conception required for perception. Any account of perceptual conception that is sufficiently flexible to count the secondary qualities among the genuine objects of perception supports a very expansive interpretation of the objects of genuine perception. If we open the door to color, as Reid’s texts seem to require us to do, there is no principled reason to exclude a very large range of qualities—even moral qualities—from the objects of perception.

Keywords:   Thomas Reid, perception, acquired perception, secondary quality, distinct conception

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