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The Paradox of the Primary-Secondary Quality Distinction and Husserl’s Genealogy of the Mathematization of Nature Christoph Durt
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Since the time of Galileo, philosophers widely agree on a distinction that has been known since Locke as the distinction between “primary” and “secondary” qualities. In spite of claiming that experiences or ideas of secondary qualities must be produced by configurations and movements of particles constituted of primary qualities, philosophers such as Descartes and Locke also claim that the connection between primary qualities and ideas of secondary qualities is inconceivable. The combination of the two claims I call the “paradox of the primary-secondary quality distinction.” The philosophical disputes around the distinction usually ignore the paradox, and instead circle around different ...
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