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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

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

J. L. Mackie

Oxford University Press

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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