George Berkeley's idealism

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  • Created on: 04-01-19 16:52

George Berkeley's idealism


  • Idealism theory advocated by philosophy George Berkeley

  • Argued for the rejection of matter

  • Berkeley believed that reality was just a series of mental ideas

  • He explained it as (“ESSE EST PERCIPI”) ‘To be it so be perceived’

  • There was nothing that existed in a physical world external to our minds. All of reality is just mental ideas that we perceive.

  • Berkeley rejects to direct realist approach

  • DIRECT REALIST- Theory that we directly perceive the external world how it is . what we see and experience is exactly the same in our minds as in the external world.

  • Berkeley instantly rejects this idea and uses john Locke's Primary and secondary qualities distinction to support this rejection

  • Berkeley shows that we can make a distinction between an external world and mental ideas we perceive

  • Locke's main argument in support of indirect railsim was that secondary qualities appear different at different times and to different people eg colour cna look different under different light taste cna taste different to different people.


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