Is our idea of solidity an idea of a primary or secondary quality?

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Is our idea of solidity an idea of a primary or secondary quality? Specifically in terms of John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.

Oct 19th, 2015

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In his Book II Locke categorizes ideas into four groups

  1.  Ideas we get form a single sense. For example, sight or taste
  2. Ideas we form from more than a single sense. For example, shape and sizes
  3. ideas that emerge from reflections
  4. ideas emergent from a combination of sense and reflection. For example pain , pleasure, unity and existence.
our idea of solidity is secondary quality, as it carries the power of that object to produce an idea of that quality in our minds. Thus, it can be separated from the mind. If solidity as a value does not exist as a value in a society we can't recognize it.

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Oct 19th, 2015

Thank you, Charles! The answer is slightly fuzzy though, the part where you said "it can be separated from the mind" and the sentence following. What exactly do you mean by value?

Oct 19th, 2015

Lets say for example. Touch, smell, sight, These are qualities that cannot be separated from our minds. Lets say they are built - in features.

By value I mean, if the feature or characteristic is not present in our society we wont be able to recognize it

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