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Single Idea 2239

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 2. Qualities in Perception / e. Primary/secondary critique]

Full Idea

It is agreed that all sensible qualities of objects, such as hard or hot, are secondary, and exist in the mind and not in objects; but then this also follows for the primary qualities of extension and solidity.

Gist of Idea

If secondary qualities (e.g. hardness) are in the mind, so are primary qualities like extension


David Hume (Enquiry Conc Human Understanding [1748], XII.I.122)

Book Reference

Hume,David: 'Enquiries Conc. Human Understanding, Morals', ed/tr. Selby-Bigge/Nidditch [OUP 1975], p.154

A Reaction

he mentions Berkeley