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Objective Understanding Dismantled

Wayne Waxman

in Kant and the Empiricists

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177398
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786176 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195177398.003.0013
 Objective Understanding Dismantled

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This chapter examines Berkeley’s use of the likeness principle to undermine the foundations of indirect realism. It then analyzes his use of the separability principle to prove that all ideas of sensation are ideas of secondary qualities. Berkeley’s three-pronged critique of early modern conceptions of substance is discussed.

Keywords: George Berkeley; likeness principle; idealism; sensation; separability principle; substance

Chapter.  9691 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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