Visualization And Mind Dependent Objects Essay

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Visualization and Mind-Dependent Objects If I tell you that everything in the world that you can see only exists in your mind, would you believe me? Most likely, you would think that the idea is absurd and that it is against common sense. What if I say that there are philosophers that can prove this concept? In the First Dialogue of Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, George Berkeley does just that. He simulates dialogues between two philosophers to try to show that mind-independent objects may not exist and that the world is only made up of our senses. Berkeley’s Dialogues begin with two philosophers, Philonous and Hylas, running into each other while strolling through a college campus. Hylas expresses that he is concerned with some of the ideas that other philosophers believe in. He thinks that those “who believe nothing at all (skepticism)” and those “who believe the most extravagant things in the world” are not doing the philosophical community justice and are misleading common people. Philonous seems to reciprocate Hylas ' views, but quickly tells Hylas that he does believe that everything only exists in people 's minds as ideas. Hylas is surprised and confused, but Philonous explains that his view is the most commonsensical of them all and that he will demonstrate what he means.
In the first few pages, Berkeley establishes that he is using Philonous, in the conversations to explain his own views on the topic of materialism. Because Berkeley presents his…

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