John Locke pp 22-28 | Cite as

Primary and Secondary Qualities

  • J. D. Mabbott
Part of the Philosophers in Perspective book series


Some of our ideas resemble the qualities of objects in the external world, others bear no such resemblance. Locke called the former ideas ideas of primary qualities. We apprehend through sight and touch such ideas as shape, size, motion; and external objects themselves have these qualities.


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  1. 23.
    This connection has been demonstrated by M. Man-delbaum; Philosophy, Science and Sense Perception, Baltimore 1964Google Scholar
  2. 24.
    J. Bennett, ‘Substance, Reality and Primary Qualities’, American Philosophical Quarterly 1965. Reprinted in C. B. Martin and D. M. Armstrong (eds), Locke and Berkeley, pp. 86ff.Google Scholar

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