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Unformatted text preview: 1Alison Smith April 21, 2008 HPS 1600 Tues/Thursday 11-12:15 Galileo’s Properties and Descartes’ Argument of the First Law Galileo took it upon himself during his years of research to divide the properties of an object into two groups, the primary properties and other qualities of an object that are assigned by the human body and perception. The primary properties were the only ones that matter, because they would be constant and not subject to perception. They were a certain size, shape, quantity, they were in motion or at rest, they were in a certain place, and they were near or touching other objects. For example, one piece of bread is sitting on the table, it is relatively small compared to the table. It does not move without and outside force. The qualities of the object were subject to many other ideas. Most of them are perceptions of the human body, such as how an object smells, looks, and tastes. If perhaps a blind person was sitting at the aforementioned table, they could distinguish that there was bread...
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- Spring '08
- Galileo Galilei, Human Body