Philosophy4Paper2 - Samuel Shepperson SID 18715875 Philosophy 4 Essay 2 In the first dialogue of George Berkeleys Three Dialogues between Hylas and

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Samuel Shepperson 04/04/08 SID: 18715875 Philosophy 4 Essay # 2 In the first dialogue of George Berkeley’s Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous he presents an argument for the belief that both secondary and primary qualities are mind dependent. To present this it is important to first establish what each of the two distinctions of qualities includes. Secondary qualities also referred to as phenomenal qualities include color, odor, smell, and taste. Primary qualities also called objective qualities are things such as size, motion, and shape. Berkeley wished to collapse the distinction between the two concepts and include secondary qualities in real objects because both concepts are, as he will explain mind dependent. He does not see the difference between the concepts as established by other philosophers and seeks to show the similarity between the perceiving and thinking about both sets of qualities. Secondary qualities are seen much more clearly fitting into the mind dependent category than primary qualities, as Berkeley explains through a dissecting dialogue between Philonous and Hylas. The dialogue in particular discusses heat, cold, sweetness, odors, and sound, more specifically that these qualities “cannot exist anywhere but in a perceiving substance or mind”(pg 9). Odors and all the other examples are sensations that Hylas concedes cannot exist outside the mind, for sensible objects only exists as they can be sensed. The last debate about colors dissects that to try and believe these
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This note was uploaded on 10/29/2008 for the course PHIL 4 taught by Professor Giannini during the Fall '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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Philosophy4Paper2 - Samuel Shepperson SID 18715875 Philosophy 4 Essay 2 In the first dialogue of George Berkeleys Three Dialogues between Hylas and

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