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Single Idea 16732

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 3. Types of Properties]

Full Idea

The seventeenth century is often said to have bequeathed us three ways of thinking about sensible qualities: either in reductive microphysical terms, or as internal phenomenal states, or else as powers or dispositions.

Gist of Idea

17th C qualities are either microphysical, or phenomenal, or powers


Robert Pasnau (Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 [2011], 23.1)

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.519

A Reaction

Pasnau goes on to claim that no one in the 17th century believed the third one. I take it to be a very new, and totally wonderful and correct, view.