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Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception$
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Ryan Nichols

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.001.0001

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(p.161) 6 Qualities
Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Ryan Nichols (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Reid's account of how we are perceptually aware of qualities. It begins by describing how Reid structures the debate about qualities and our perception of them. It then turns to his inchoate analysis of primary and secondary qualities, devoting special attention to whether Reidian secondary qualities are dispositions.

Keywords:   perception, sensations, Locke, awareness, secondary qualities, dispositions

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