Lecture 16 - Material substratum Hylas. I acknowledge,...

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Material substratum “Hylas. I acknowledge, Philonous, that, upon a fair observation of what passes in my mind, I can discover nothing else but that I am a thinking being, affected with variety of sensations; neither is it possible to conceive how a sensation should exist in an unperceiving substance. But then, on the other hand, when I look on sensible things in a different view, considering them as so many modes and qualities, I find it necessary to suppose a material substratum , with which they cannot be conceived to exist.” (FP, 216) But, Philonous asks, what is the relation of a substratum to its qualities?
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Can we think about things that exist even when no one thinks of them? “Hylas. …What more easy than to conceive a tree or a house existing by itself, independent of, and unperceived by, any mind whatsoever? I do at the present time conceive them existing after that manner. “Philonous.
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Lecture 16 - Material substratum Hylas. I acknowledge,...

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