Primary and secondary qualities: A return to fundamentals

Philosophical Papers 4 (October):89-104 (1975)
The aim of this article is to give an account of the distinction between primary and secondary qualities in a way which allows the distinction a useful place in an explanation of scientific enquiry. this is done by modifying certain of locke's criteria for primacy, and by showing that this procedure has certain advantages over keith campbell's account of the distinction. in particular, i argue that primary qualities cannot be specified in a theory-neutral way, and that this has important consequences for an account of scientific observation and the relation between the scientific and everyday images of the world
Keywords Image  Metaphysics  Primary Quality  Secondary Quality  Armstrong, D  Bennett, J  Campbell, K  Eddington  Locke  Newton  Stebbing, S
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    Keith Campbell (1972). Primary and Secondary Qualities. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 2 (2):219 - 232.
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