George Berkeley's Perception of the World
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This paper describes the life and philosophy of 18th century Irish philosopher, George Berkeley and discusses his theory of idealism. The paper considers whether Berkeley's idealism represents most people's commonsense view of the world and concludes that, though intriguing and well argued, Berkeley's analysis is not commonsensical.
From the Paper:"Does George Berkeley's idealism represent most people's commonsense view of the world? Though intriguing and well argued, Berkeley's analysis is not commonsensical. George Berkeley lived from 1685 until 1753. He was born in Ireland, educated in Dublin, and even spent some time in Bermuda trying to convert the local population to Christianity. In 1734 he was made Bishop of Cloyne (Frost 277-278). Berkeley was an idealist and expanded upon the work of John Locke. He asked, if the basis of knowledge is sensations and our reflections upon those sensations, how can we know a distinct world exists? In other words, we only have our minds to go on. Perception is the rule by which the universe is measured. As such, perception is tantamount to existence."
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