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PHIL 241 Lecture Summary 1/28-2/8 Idealism

by: Taylor Russell

PHIL 241 Lecture Summary 1/28-2/8 Idealism PHIL 241

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Idealism, deductive and abductive reasoning
Consciousness and Cognition
William Leonard
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Date Created: 02/09/16
Lecture Summary 1/28 Substance Dualism continued, Idealism  Indubitability vs Dubitability  “doubtability”  If you can prove “not” P, and “not” P is logically possible then the argument is dubitable (doubtable)  this argument fails  Can strengthen this argument with fine-tuning of properties  Properties “occurring within the scope of an intentional character” aka psychological properties  Pseudo properties (fear, emotions, beliefs)  Measurable properties (physical elements)  Conceivability  Clear and distinct  What is conceivable is logically possible, if it is logically possible then it is conceivable, doesn’t have to be PHYSICALLY possible  If x can exist separate from Y, then X does not equal Y  Similarly, if X can exist in the absence of Y, then X cannot = Y  this argument is up in the air  Dualism vs Vitalism  No organic materials are synthesized from inorganic material  THIS IS WRONG!  No explanation of the body’s homeostasis, metabolism, reproduction  THIS IS OBVIOUSLY WRONG! Idealism  Berkeley introduced  World consists of ideas which are experiences within the mind  “To be is to be perceived” is the motto  Central ideas  Directly non-inferentially  Ideas are conscious experiences  Appearance vs reality argument  Main arguments  Deductive: objects are whatever is it that we perceive, what we perceive are ideas, therefore objects are ideas  Abductive: what we perceive directly are ideas, and objects we no longer perceived directly continue to exist because they are “perceived by the mind of god”  Summary  No ideas without sensations  Inferences from sensations to mind-independent entities  Features are mind-dependent  Sensible qualities are neither unchanging nor knowable by us  Qualities cannot be real properties of min-independent objects Lecture 2/2 and 2/8 Idealism First: Establishing substantive truths about the world through imagination and deductive reasoning, would it need experimentation?  Not necessarily (Galileo and the speed of falling bodies example) Central Ideas revisited  What we DIRECTLY perceive are IDEAS  Directly or non inferentially (incorrigibly)  Ideas are conscious experiences (essentially experienced)  Physical objects  Outside of/ existing independently of ideas are an abstraction, justified “inferentially”  Appearance/Reality distinction  How world appears vs actuality Two Arguments Revisited  Deductive  First: Objects are whatever it is that we are perceiving  Second: What we are perceiving are ideas  “Warm one hand, cool other hand” an object can’t be both warm and cold, therefore we are not perceiving an object, we are perceiving ideas  Matter is just conscious experience  Abductive  What we perceive directly are ideas  Physical objects independent of perception are posited abductively  Occam’s razor, we must get rid of this “unnecessary” posit  So…All that exists are ideas


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