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Unformatted text preview: Berkeley argues that we cannot be certain the external world exists. How does he arrive at that conclusion? Do you find his arguments to be persuasive? Berkeley was an Irish philosopher who was a bishop and he was an empiricist. Berkeley argues that we cannot be certain the external world exists because he says everything is just ideas. All knowledge arises as experience-or better worded, ideas in our consciousness. He says there is no distinction between primary and secondary ideas (he was aiming at Locke); that both are equally ideas. Even the sensible objects (materials) are just ideas of our mind-therefore everything is either an idea or a mind. He says there are no sensible objects because all of it is just an idea started by an idea, followed by another idea-these ideas only resemble another idea. Berkeley proposes that everything is an followed by another idea-these ideas only resemble another idea....
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 101 taught by Professor Avantaggio during the Spring '11 term at Highline Communicty College.
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