John Locke And Locke 's Theory Essay

788 Words Jun 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Locke’s Limited Representationalism states that “Locke agreed with the naive representationalist that some of the properties of our sense data resemble properties of the matter that cause sense data. However, according to Locke, not all properties of our sense data resemble properties of matter”. Locke upheld that all objects have certain characteristics that fall into two categories, primary qualities and secondary qualities. Primary qualities exist in the object such as the shape size and location of an object. These qualities are objective because they are perceived the same to everyone. Secondary qualities are the aspects that the perceiver brings to the object such as smell, taste, color and sound. These qualities become subjective as not everyone is able to taste or smell or hear the same. Locke’s conclusion is that, we do have some knowledge in-relation to the abstract and objective reality that they do exist, but that we do not have a clear idea between one and the other. Locke’s theory is not completely solid. Everything we perceive has primary and secondary qualities through experiences. Such as holding a baseball, when we hold a baseball in our hands we are taking in its primary qualities, by its size, shape and solidity, and secondary by seeing and feelings the red seams that have been sewn into it feeling while Locke does a great job of explaining the characteristics between the primary and secondary qualities. While the primary qualities of…

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