Title

What Berkeley Should’ve Said Instead of Cheating

Date

5-28-2015 1:30 PM

End Time

28-5-2015 2:00 PM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

Department

Philosophy

Session Chair

Mark Perlman

Session Title

Presentation of Philosophy Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mark Perlman

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

For the famous idealist philosopher, George Berkeley, only minds and ideas exist, not material substances. This position comes from his empiricist principles and certain arguments against the possibility of material substances. However, some of those arguments are fatally flawed and he applies those principles in two inconsistent ways. If the flawed arguments are removed and then the two empirical principles are applied separately and consistently, two different possible positions result: a Humean position without minds or God; and a view in which material objects exist just as common sense suggests.

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May 28th, 1:30 PM May 28th, 2:00 PM

What Berkeley Should’ve Said Instead of Cheating

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

For the famous idealist philosopher, George Berkeley, only minds and ideas exist, not material substances. This position comes from his empiricist principles and certain arguments against the possibility of material substances. However, some of those arguments are fatally flawed and he applies those principles in two inconsistent ways. If the flawed arguments are removed and then the two empirical principles are applied separately and consistently, two different possible positions result: a Humean position without minds or God; and a view in which material objects exist just as common sense suggests.