Early Modern Philosophy

In the Third Dialogue, Hylas objects that it follows from immaterialism that two
different perceivers never perceive the same thing (Adams, p 79 near the bottom). Explain clearly Hylas’ objection and Philonous’ response to it (the exchange continues through the top of pg. 81).

Part A should be your explanation of the specific text cited in the prompt. It will be evaluated on how well you explain Berkeley’s position in an intuitive way (concrete illustrations often help). Close paraphrases are safe but often don’t make clear what is going on. To do well on this part, you must ground your interpretation in the text, but you should also take us beyond the text, explaining its main idea, pointing out possible ambiguities and
difficulties, etc. The text is difficult, and it is sometimes not clear exactly what
Berkeley’s argument is. You should do your best to make clear what you think the argument is and why you think this. (Please be sure to keep Part A limited to the task at hand—in particular, don’t take it as an invitation to tell us everything you know about Berkeley)

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