Idealism

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What is the key claim for Idealism?
There is no external world – no matter just minds and ideas.
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Is there a physical world?
Yes but it is made up of ideas (sense data) we percieve
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Agument for?
variability of perception (sense data)
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Why does not being able to conceive matter support idealism?
Because it shows that we don't have direct experiences, we can't see mattter. So one how do we know it's there? and two if it is there we can't directly percieve it
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What is a problem with idealism(Physical objects)?
Physical objects seise to exist when you stop perceiving them because they are sense data
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What is berkleys reply to this?
God percieves everything continuesly
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What is ad hoc?
A hypothesis adopted purely to save the thory from difficulty, they have no independant motivation
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Why is Berkeleys argument of God ad hoc?
Because idealism now relys on God to work, but there is no independant justiforcation of God
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What is a further difficulty with God?
Because, like matter, God is beyond experience
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What is a final problem for sense data?
Ideas are private, therefore each individual would experience the world differently, could this work?
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What is a primary quality?
The ideas which resemble their causes: texture, number, size, shape, motion
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What is a secondary quality?
The ideas which do not resemble their causes: color, sound, taste, and odor.
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Is there a physical world?

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