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idealism handout - Philosophy 100, Fall 2006 Idealism...

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Philosophy 100, Fall 2006 Idealism Handout 1 Idealism: Everything that exists is either an immaterial mind or is "in" an immaterial mind---a thought, a mental representation, or a sensation. Realism: There are things other than immaterial minds and the things "in" those minds. Definition: X correctly perceives Y's color =df. Y really has the color it appears to X to have. An Argument based on the case of Larry and his Parakeet: Part 1: 1. Either Larry or his parakeet fails to correctly perceive the thing's color. 2. If either Larry or his parakeet fails to correctly perceive the thing's color, then both Larry and his parakeet fail to correctly perceive the thing's color. 3. If both Larry and his parakeet fail to correctly perceive the thing's color, then no one ever correctly perceives the color of anything that exists outside the mind. 4. Therefore, no one ever correctly perceives the color of anything that exists outside the mind. Part 2:
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