Philosophy 202
Great Traditions of Western Thought
The Modern Period

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 that?

3.  In what ways in Berkeley a Cartesian?

4.  How does Philonus distinguish between perception and imagination?

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?

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