PAR101DWA17and18 - Richard Vasquez Section 2 In the second...

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Richard Vasquez Section 2 March 13, 2013 In the second dialogue of Berkeley’s Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous, in Opposition to Skeptics and Atheists, he resumes the argument on a new day. Early in this dialogue Hylas admits his inability to contend with Philonous’ argument. At this moment, Philonous begins criticizing Hylas’ newly accepted skeptical view. He altogether states that only three things exist: ideas, minds, and God. God is introduced in this dialogue as the perceiver of all things. He distinguishes his view of God from the traditional view by noting that “I, on the other side, immediately and necessarily conclude the being of a God, because all sensible things must be perceived by Him.” His overall conclusion, therefore, is this: all sensible things of this world are perceived by God. This is what makes them sensible to us. Hylas argues that matter may be an instrument that God uses for the formation of
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