Reading Questions on Berkeley, #2
In the Third Dialogue, Hylas emerges once more to take on
Philonus' claims about material things. This allows Philonus
to explain his view of the world more clearly, one that he asserts
accords with the beliefs of common people.
1. A first object of Philonus' attack is Locke's claim
that human knowledge is limited. What is Locke's view and
how does Philonus dismiss it?
2. Philonus claims that he has no idea of God,
yet he is able to think about him. How is he able to do
3. In what ways in Berkeley a Cartesian?
4. How does Philonus distinguish between perception
5. Do you agree with Philonus that his view is really
the view of the common person? Why or why not?
6. Hylas objects that Philonus cannot account for the
truth of the Biblical account of creation. How does Philonus
attempt to do this? Do you think he is successful?