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Primary qualities are described as those that do not change when the substance is divided This includes solidity extension figure and mobility Secondary qualities are those that are subject to change in a substance such as colors sounds and tastes Thus all people see primary qualities in the same way but not everyone views the secondary qualities in the same way For example although two children see the same round cookie one might think that it tastes good and the other may despise the taste of it It is through these qualities that Locke attempted to judge whether we can rely on our senses to correctly perceive the world After Locke established how ideas are formed he developed a classification system that renders the knowledge into degrees The three degrees that Locke established are intuitive demonstrative and sensitive The first degree intuitive is considered blatant knowledge Locke states This part of knowledge is irresistible and like bright sunshine forces itself immediately to be perceived Intuitive knowledge is the most obvious and assured that human beings are aware of The second degree of knowledge demonstrative is the type of knowledge that may be derived from reasoning This may require weighing ideas against one another or relating ideas to each other The most important rule that makes demonstrated knowledge valid is that each step must have intuitive evidence or proof Finally sensitive knowledge is in a class of its own Sensitive knowledge is made up of faith and opinions the belief in God for example It would seem that this type of classification would juxtapose Lockes empiricism way of thinking To justify sensitive knowledge Locke asksis there any man when he actually tastes wormwood or smells a rose or only thinks on that savour or odour What Locke asks is what man can do these things without considering that there might be a God Locke made the statement Knowledge is the perception of the agreement or disagreement
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