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This is the basic faculty of knowledge that like the eye, is needed for seeing but does not see itself, says Locke.

Simple Ideas

These things are derived directly from experience and cannot be broken down into constituent parts.

Complex Ideas

These things are, through a variety of different methods, made up of smaller components.

Secondary Qualities

These things are qualities like color or taste that are not things in themselves but, rather, arise from our reaction to those things.

Primary Qualities

These things reside in objects themselves and are invariant across different experiential modes.


This is the faculty that takes ideas directly as objects rather than experience.


This quality is the presumed basis of all things.


This quality is a kind of variation.


These qualities are properties that hold between things but that are not, strictly speaking, in things.


This mode...

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