Notions of Mind

Wayne Waxman

in Kant and the Empiricists

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177398
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786176 | DOI:
 Notions of Mind

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This chapter examines Berkeley’s theory of the mind, focusing on how he proposed to distinguish the perceiving mind from its perceptions without violating his own separability principle. Berkeley’s justification of treating the mind as substance, particularly a spiritual material, depended on whether reflexive perceptions provided notions of causal inefficiency. His psychologistic explications of causality and substance, the nonmanifold I, the mind as substrate of successive perceptions, and the substantiality of spirit are discussed.

Keywords: George Berkeley; mind; perception; separability principle; temporal succession; duration

Chapter.  7971 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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