Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Qualities, philosophy: quality is an expression of the nature of objects or the form of properties. Today, it is no longer understood as a category but rather as the sum of the distinguishing features of an object. Properties of the objects like their size, mass, etc. count as objective or primary qualities, subjective (secondary) qualities are properties which are settled in the subject, e.g. color. See also quantities, qualia, subjectivity, objectivity, properties, features.

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Euchner I 48
Quality/Locke: force of an object to produce in us perceptions or ideas - primary qualities: inseparable from object: E.g. strength, extension, figure, movement/rest, number- secondary: cause effects in the outside world, that are projected back into the causing objects. - (in fact forces, no properties) - Eg.g a) colors, smells, etc. - b) softening of wax by heat (seen as a force).
Putnam I 175
Properties/qualities/Locke: primary: shape, position, size (objectively) - Secondary: colors, sounds, taste, smell (subjectively) - Locke: discards "substantial forms" (Middle Ages) (> "essential characteristics"): expressions for classification of "water" do not include in any sense features that are "real substances" of these things. - Berkeley: discards both primary and secondary properties - Kant: All properties secondary (for us) the question of the "essential features" of the thing in itself is meaningless (Put I 175)> E.g. Statue/clay.
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B. Russell, ABC of Relativity theory 22
Qualities/Locke/Russell: a) primarily: shape, position, size ("objective") - b) Secondary: colors, sounds, smells, tastes ("subjective").

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

J. Locke
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Loc I
W. Euchner
Locke zur Einführung Hamburg 1996

Pu I
H. Putnam
Von einem Realistischen Standpunkt Frankfurt 1993

H. Putnam
Repräsentation und Realität Frankfurt 1999

H. Putnam
Für eine Erneuerung der Philosophie Stuttgart 1997

H. Putnam
Pragmatismus Eine offene Frage Frankfurt 1995

Pu V
H. Putnam
Vernunft, Wahrheit und Geschichte Frankfurt 1990

SocPut I
Robert D., Putnam
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community New York 2000

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