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Primary and Secondary Qualities in Early Modern Philosophy

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[New Entry by Martha Bolton on June 1, 2022.]
Many philosophers maintain there is a significant difference between primary and secondary qualities but disagree about its foundation. It may be plausible that we perceive things as having a small number of basic qualities which are determinates or degrees of the following: size, figure, extension, duration, motion, position, color, taste, odor, sound, heat, coldness, and tactual qualities such as hardness, softness, roughness and smoothness. The first six (to which solidity and number are sometimes added) are called “primary”;…

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