Locke A EHU 10-12 - Lindsay Harmon Locke A group – EHU 10...

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Unformatted text preview: Lindsay Harmon 10/26/10 Locke A group – EHU 10. What does Locke mean by the “quality” of an object? The quality of an object is the sensible properties of that object. It is the power to produce an idea in us. Locke asserts that all that we are aware of and all that we can ever know are the sensible properties, or “qualities,” of things. The thing behind the properties is neither sensed nor experienced. He identifies and distinguishes two different kinds of qualities that we perceive, namely, primary qualities and secondary qualities. 11. What is a primary quality? Which ideas to they produce in us? A primary quality of an object is a property which we perceive as completely inseparable from, or “inherent” in, the object itself, including its shape and mass. The ideas that primary qualities of objects produce in us are ideas that resemble their causes, such as texture, number, size, motion, and shape. Primary qualities cannot be separated from matter, and thus they alone size, motion, and shape....
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