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Single Idea 1532

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 2. Qualities in Perception / a. Qualities in perception]

Full Idea

As proof of the fact that sensible qualities have no real existence he points to the fact that they do not appear the same to all creatures.

Gist of Idea

Sensible qualities can't be real if they appear different to different creatures


report of Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE], A135) by Theophrastus - On the Senses 63

Book Reference

'The First Philosophers', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 2000], p.179