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Tertiary Beauty, Philosophy 1 Reported by: Krystal Joy M.


Tertiary beauty also called powers or tertiary qualities are just its capacities to cause perceptible changes in other things.

Example1: The primary qualities of this rose include all of its quantifiable features, its mass and momentum, its chemical composition and microscopic structure; these are the features of the thing itself. The secondary qualities of the rose, on the other hand, include the ideas it produces in me, its yellow color, its delicate fragrance; these are the merely the effects of the primary qualities of its corpuscles on my eyes and nose. The tertiary quality defines the pain I feel when I stick my finger on a thorn, the color and smell are not features of the rose itself. are properties that something has completely in virtue of its ability to effect some other thing's primary qualities (and strictly speaking, some other thing's secondary qualities, which it effects by effecting its primary qualities) but it also has the ability to effect another object.

Example 2: For example, my car, in a certain way -- specifically, it can open the door lock. Its ability to do this is a sort of relational property between the key and the door lock, in that if you changed either the key or the lock, then the key would no longer have that power.

are powers that an object has to effect (and be effected by) the secondary (and primary) qualities of other objects.

Example 3: The fact that the burning log has primary qualities, such as motion in its parts, and it then effects the primary qualities of the wax, in this case by causing faster motion in its parts. This new primary quality of the wax amounts to a new secondary quality, because the wax will now be able to cause in us the idea of warmth, different ideas of colors than it did before.