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J. L. Mackie

Print publication date: 1976

Print ISBN-13: 9780198750369

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198750366.001.0001

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Primary and Secondary Qualities

Primary and Secondary Qualities

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(p.7) 1 Primary and Secondary Qualities
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Problems from Locke
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J. L. Mackie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198750366.003.0002

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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