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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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Perception theory / tradition / primary, secondary qualities / Peacocke: also has consequences for the explanation of the experience: - I 44 e.g. that something is experienced as square, is explained by the fact that it is square - But in the perception theory, this explanation does not function in the case of red - because the question is to be kept open, if there is a primary quality as the reason for it s being red.

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Chr. R. Peacocke
Sense and Content Oxford 1983


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-26