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Balkan Journal of Philosophy

Volume 5, Issue 1, 2013

21st-Century Metaphysics

Nenad Miščević
Pages 45-58
DOI: 10.5840/bjp20135117

The Ontology of Secondary and Tertiary Qualities - Response-intentionalism and Iteration

Non-primary qualities are ubiquitous and humanly quite important. This paper briefly argues that they can be best understood on a dispositional model (or, that they are what is nowadays called in literature “responsedependent”), and offers a particular version of the model, the response-intentionalist one. It then discusses combinations of non-primary qualities and argues that there is a layered structure of iterated response-dependence, underlying aesthetic and other interesting properties such as meaningfulness.

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