Reid’s Foundation for the Primary/Secondary Quality Distinction

Abstract

Thomas Reid (1710-1796) offers an under-appreciated account of the primary/secondary quality distinction. He gives sound reasons for rejecting the views of Locke, Boyle, Galileo and others, and presents a better alternative, according to which the distinction is epistemic rather than metaphysical. Primary qualities, for Reid, are qualities whose intrinsic… (More)

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@inproceedings{Mckitrick2014ReidsFF, title={Reid’s Foundation for the Primary/Secondary Quality Distinction}, author={Jennifer Mckitrick}, year={2014} }