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Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy$
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P. J. E. Kail

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229505.001.0001

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Gilding: Projection, Value and Secondary Qualities

Gilding: Projection, Value and Secondary Qualities

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(p.147) 7 Gilding: Projection, Value and Secondary Qualities
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Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229505.003.0007

This chapter examines Hume's comparison of values with secondary qualities. It is shown that Hume's account of secondary qualities and the comparison should be viewed against a French understanding of secondary qualities. It is not, as it is commonly assumed, a mistaken view of Locke. In the light of this, the point of the comparison is shown to lie in the attempt to understand the pre-theoretical view of values as properties thoroughly independent of human responses.

Keywords:   gilding, staining, value, Locke

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