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Qualities

Ryan Nichols

in Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199276912
eISBN:
9780191707759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

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 ... More


Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation

Raffaella De Rosa

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199570379
eISBN:
9780191722455
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570379.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, History of Philosophy

While much has been written on Descartes' theory of mind and ideas, no systematic study of his theory of sensory representation and misrepresentation is currently available in the literature. This ... More


Sounds: A Philosophical Theory

Casey O'Callaghan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199215928
eISBN:
9780191706875
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215928.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Vision dominates philosophical thinking about perception, and theorizing about experience in cognitive science traditionally has focused on a visual model. This book presents a systematic treatment ... More


The Scope of Mechanism

Stephen Gaukroger

in The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity 1210-1685

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199296446
eISBN:
9780191711985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296446.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

There are three areas of particular concern to mechanists, concerns which highlight the legitimatory aspects of the mechanist project in natural philosophy. The first is the question of how ... More


 Russellian Speculations

Daniel Stoljar

in Ignorance and Imagination: The Epistemic Origin of the Problem of Consciousness

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195306583
eISBN:
9780199786619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195306589.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explores Russell’s idea that reflection on the nature of scientific inquiry prompts a version of the ignorance hypothesis, an idea much discussed in contemporary philosophy. As ... More


Sounds and Perception: New Philosophical Essays

Matthew Nudds and Casey O'Callaghan (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199282968
eISBN:
9780191712333
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282968.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book comprises original chapters that address the central questions and issues that define the emerging philosophy of sounds and auditory perception. This work focuses upon two sets of ... More


Reid on the Real Foundation of the Primary–Secondary Quality Distinction

James Van Cleve

in Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199556151
eISBN:
9780191725548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556151.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

What is the basis of the distinction between primary and secondary qualities? Is it that primary qualities reside in external objects and secondary qualities in the mind only? Reid says no. Is it ... More


Properties

John Heil

in The Universe As We Find It

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199596201
eISBN:
9780191741876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596201.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, General

The chapter promotes the idea that properties, ways substances are, are powerful qualities. The familiar distinction between categorical and dispositional properties is grounded in a confusion ... More


Locke's Distinction between Primary Primary Qualities and Secondary Primary Qualities

Edwin McCann

in Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199556151
eISBN:
9780191725548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556151.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Besides distinguishing between primary and secondary qualities, Locke implicitly draws a distinction between two types of primary quality, those of macroscopic objects and those of what he calls the ... More


Primary and Secondary Qualities

J. L. Mackie

in Problems from Locke

Published in print:
1976
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198750369
eISBN:
9780191597947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198750366.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

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 ... More


Hume and the Sensible Qualities

Kenneth P. Winkler

in Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199556151
eISBN:
9780191725548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556151.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The aim of this chapter is to understand better Hume's response to what he calls the "fundamental principle" of the modern philosophy, the opinion that "colors, sounds, tastes, smells, heat and cold" ... More


Kant and Helmholtz on Primary and Secondary Qualities

Gary Hatfield

in Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199556151
eISBN:
9780191725548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556151.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter finds two versions of the distinction between primary and secondary qualities in Galileo, Descartes, Boyle, and Locke. Although agreeing that primary qualities are physically basic ... More


A Comparison With Locke

Rae Langton

in Kantian Humility: Our Ignorance of Things in Themselves

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199243174
eISBN:
9780191597909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199243174.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

In the Prolegomena, Kant says he is like Locke, except that he makes all the qualities secondary—a position which makes him look uncomfortably like Berkeley, if one takes secondary qualities to be ... More


Secondary Qualities

Robert Pasnau

in Metaphysical Themes 1274–1671

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199567911
eISBN:
9780191725449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567911.003.0022
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter takes up secondary qualities: color, sound, etc., and considers how post‐scholastic views differ from those of the scholastics. An attempt is made to understand why seventeenth‐century ... More


The Distinction between Primary and Secondary Qualities in Ancient Greek Philosophy

Mi-Kyoung Lee

in Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199556151
eISBN:
9780191725548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556151.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that the primary–secondary quality distinction can be found in ancient Greek philosophers in the form of two distinctions, one between the intrinsic qualities of basic matter and ... More


Scholastic Qualities, Primary and Secondary

Robert Pasnau

in Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199556151
eISBN:
9780191725548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556151.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The distinction between two kinds of qualities, primary and secondary, is one of the core doctrines of Scholastic natural philosophy. Far from being an invention of the modern era, it is something to ... More


Secondary Qualities

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250920
eISBN:
9780191597060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250924.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Gives an exposition of the view of Descartes and Locke about the nature of secondary qualities. Of the many interpretations of these texts, one is supreme: it fits far more of the texts than any ... More


Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate

Lawrence Nolan (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199556151
eISBN:
9780191725548
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556151.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The central aim of this book is to trace the historical development of the distinction between primary and secondary qualities, which lies at the intersection of issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ... More


The Golden: Relational Values, Realism and A Moral Sense

P. J. E. Kail

in Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199229505
eISBN:
9780191710728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229505.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter shows how the projection of pleasure and pain can be integrated into a subtle form of realism. It is argued that Hume's account of the moral sense can be seen as modelled on a view of ... More


Sounds as Secondary Objects and Pure Events

Roger Scruton

in Sounds and Perception: New Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199282968
eISBN:
9780191712333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282968.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues for the view of sounds as secondary objects — that is, objects that are defined phenomenologically, in terms of their audible properties. Sounds are compared with smells, ... More


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