Unformatted text preview: The argument can be schematized as follows: 1. We perceive sensible objects to be F . 2. But every sensible object is, at best, imperfectly F . That is, it is both F and not F (in some respect - shades of Heraclitus??). It falls short of being perfectly F . 3. We are aware of this imperfection in the objects of perception. 4. So we perceive objects to be imperfectly F . 5. To perceive something as imperfectly F , one must have in mind something that is perfectly F , something that the imperfectly F things fall short of. (E.g., we have an idea of equality that all sticks, stones, etc., only imperfectly exemplify.) 6. So we have in mind something that is perfectly F . 7. Thus, there is something that is perfectly F (e.g., Equality ), that we have in mind in such cases. 8. Therefore, there is such a thing as the F itself (e.g., the Equal itself ), and it is distinct from any sensible object....
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- Fall '09