Berkeley pp 46-55 | Cite as

The Likeness Principle and the Primary/Secondary Quality Distinction

  • Harry M. Bracken
Part of the Philosophers in Perspective book series


If the first element in the defence of esse is percipi is antiabstractionism, the second is the likeness principle, the third is scepticism, and the fourth, that ideas are necessarily related to minds, i.e. that modifications of minds are in them. This latter pattern is discussed in Chapter 8 under the heading ontological inherence.


Quality Distinction Primary Quality Material Thing Secondary Quality Likeness Principle 


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