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Thomas Reid and the Problem of Secondary Qualities
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Thomas Reid and the Problem of Secondary Qualities

Christopher A. Shrock

Abstract

Thomas Reid, the father of Common Sense, champions Direct Realism against the Problem of Secondary Qualities. Direct Realism holds immediate objects of perception, like rocks and desks, to be objective and physical. But the Problem of Secondary Qualities argues that some perceptual properties—colours, smells, sounds, tastes, and heat—must be subjective or mental, because science offers no place to them in the physical world. This new reading of Thomas Reid on primary and secondary qualities shows how Reid supports Direct Realism, answers the Problem of Secondary Qualities, and maintains a heal ... More

Keywords: Thomas Reid, secondary qualities, perception, direct realism, colour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474417846
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417846.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher A. Shrock, author
Ohio Valley University