Category Archives: Roger Scruton

Scruton Defends Locke’s “Primary Qualities”

In hisĀ A Short History of Modern Philosophy, Roger Scruton defends Locke’s distinction of an object’s “primary” from its “secondary qualities. ” The distinction works like this: “whereas primary qualities resemble the ideas that are produced by them, secondary qualities do … Continue reading

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Predicting vs. Deciding: Hume’s Determinism

Hume makes no secret that he is a determinist, in a Newtonian mold: “It is universally allowed that matter, in all its operations, is actuated by a necessary force” (Inquiry, 91). One billiard ball of matter moves another, and so … Continue reading

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