phil5 - Jason Frankel Philosophy 100 W October 20, 2009...

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Jason Frankel Philosophy 100 W October 20, 2009 Subjective Idealism and What Really Exists Imagine this scenario: two people are looking at a yellow book on a table. You just imagined yourself in this situation, staring at a yellow book. But what if the other person with you sees a different color book, but still calls it yellow? His perception of yellow is different then yours, but the idea of a yellow book is still simple to picture. Additionally, neither of the two will question this yellow book because they both assume that this picture can be universally assumed. As Berkeley explains, this is not the case, and this yellow book is “immaterial.” His argument shows us that despite what we see, it is really only a matter of thought and we do not understand the true nature of what the object really is, making it nonexistent. Berkeley’s philosophy does not make sense, and it prevents us from questioning the differences we see in certain things. The same thought process goes if you are looking at the clouds trying to make
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2010 for the course PHIL 100w taught by Professor Riker during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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