Locke essay edited

Locke essay edited - John Locke wrote about his theories...

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John Locke wrote about his theories concerning the qualities of objects and how we perceive them. In this essay I will explain how Locke defined his two categories of qualities, primary and secondary. I will then present one of his arguments, as I understand it, against the thinking that secondary qualities are a part of the object itself. In order to talk about Locke's definitions of primary and secondary qualities, one must first understand how he defines the terms ‘idea’ and ‘quality’. When he uses the term idea, he is speaking of the object of perception or thought. And when he uses the term quality, he is speaking of where the power to produce an idea is. According to Locke, certain qualities are actually part of the object itself, while others are purely the power to produce the idea of them in our minds. Ideas that Locke believes are in the objects themselves, he calls primary qualities, and defines them more clearly as qualities that are in the object in whatever state it may
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This essay was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course PHIL 230 taught by Professor Bethel during the Spring '00 term at Cal Poly.

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