Berkeley-focal - Berkeley Berkeley's motive as refuting atheism and skepticism How does he see skepticism arising from views like Galileo's and

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Berkeley Berkeley’s motive as refuting atheism and skepticism. How does he see skepticism arising from views like Galileo’s and Descartes’ accounts of perception? The problem of the origin of “ideas”—the link to an “empirical” psychology and the attack on innate ideas The distinction between simple and complex ideas The attack on the idea of “matter”---The idea of substance—The “notion” of mind The notion of God—the concepts of “active” and “passive” in Berkeley. Material substance and the problem of the “inherence” of qualities. The question of the distinction between primary and secondary “qualities” in Berkeley’s analysis—the point of the example about heat and pain—the example of the two pans of water Perception and inference—what is “perceived”—what inferred—the case of the tree falling in the forest—sound and “hearing”—“hearing” compared to “seeing” and “touching” The concept of a “meaning criterion” and Berkeley’s implicit criterion
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