George Berkeley

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Unformatted text preview: You Me Tree God Tree Me George Berkeley (1685-1753) Two problems to be overcome Modern science Worried that the foundations upon which science rested were leading to atheism Locke’s epistemology Matter (physical substance) is the problem. What we are acquainted with is the image of the tree. We are not acquainted with the substance of the tree. “I know not what” If all you have is ideas to verify substance, then this leads to skepticism No abstract ideas. All ideas are particular There is no idea of triangularity We think of a single triangle and use it to represent all triangles We only think in particulars This brings him close to nominalism Hard to distinguish between primary & secondary qualities. You can never free yourself from some sort of reliance on secondary qualities You can not step outside of your perceptions Even primary qualities admit some sort of subjectivity • The beaker meniscus problem “Molyneux” problem...
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