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Berkeley pp 76-91 | Cite as

Ontological Inherence

  • Harry M. Bracken
Part of the Philosophers in Perspective book series

Abstract

Scepticism is not readily formulated as a principle in the way in which anti-abstractionism may be, but it too is essential to an understanding of Berkeley. First, because esse is percipi is designed to cut off the very ‘root of scepticism’ — that distinction between perception and reality on which Pyrrhonism rests. Second, scepticism provides massive support, via the arguments from sense variations, for the inherence principle. That is, the arguments support the thesis that sensory data are psychologically dependent; a thesis which contributes in turn to the stronger claim that sensory data are ontologically dependent upon (mental) substances.

Keywords

Sensory Data Material Substance Material Thing Imperfect Knowledge Sense Variation 
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Notes

  1. 2.
    Andrew Baxter, An Enquiry into the Nature of the Human Soul (London, 1733) cf. n, 287 ff.Google Scholar
  2. 6.
    J. L. Ackrill’s Note to la 20, in Aristotle’s Categories and De Interpretatione (Oxford University Press, 1963 ) p. 74.Google Scholar
  3. 13.
    John Sergeant, Solid Philosophy (London, 1697) pp. 26–7. His brackets.Google Scholar
  4. 16.
    Reinhardt Grossmann, ‘Digby and Berkeley on Notions’, Theoria xxvt (1960) pp. 17–30.Google Scholar
  5. 20.
    See J. W. Yolton, John Locke and The Way of Ideas (Oxford University Press, 1956), for a discussion of the Spinozistic accusations levelled against Locke by his contemporaries as well as for detailed accounts of the intellectual milieu in which Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding appeared.Google Scholar

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© Harry M. Bracken 1974

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