George Berkeley Philosophy The Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
Paper details IMPORTANT!!! GET SOMEONE EXCELLENT IN PHILOSOPHY BY GEORGE BERKELEY. Digital textbook: Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous by George Berkeley, Go to www.vitalsource.com (don’t forget the exclamation point in PW) you can view or download from there. Berkeley Instructions – Divide your paper into two parts, and label them “Part A” and “Part B.” Part A should be your explanation of the specific text cited (Please Cite works from only the text and the PDF of Excerpts from Berkeley’s Principle of Human Knowledge) 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.) In Part B you should critically analyze what Berkeley is saying. How compelling is his argument? Is the argument unsatisfying in some way? Why? How might someone argue against his position? Give equal attention (not necessarily equal space) to both parts. To do well on the paper, you will need to have both a good, clear explanation of what Berkeley is saying and an original, interesting analysis of his discussion. Some Pointers. This assignment is not an exam. Its purpose is not to gauge how well you have followed in class (although following well in class tends to enable you to write a more sophisticated paper) but rather to give you the opportunity to think critically about the primary text on your own. Wherever appropriate, be sure to give specific references to the text. As the topics indicate, papers should be focused on some argument that comes up in the text. Interesting papers often develop problems with a given argument or position and look for a response to them. You should not write a research paper. You should not consult secondary sources. (If for some reason you ignore this instruction and consult a secondary source, you must list all sources you have consulted, including Internet sources, in a bibliography.) My request is NOT to use any secondary source. You may refer to it but I don’t want to have to make a citation for it. Advice: Read the question carefully, and make sure you answer it, and that what you write is clearly relevant to answering it. (The reader should never have to ask themselves: “Why am I being told this?”) Please write a 6 page paper in response to the question below. Make sure to follow the above instructions. Answer the question only and don’t add non-relevant responses. Final Paper prompt below: In the Third Dialogue, Hylas objects that it follows from immaterialism that two different perceivers never perceive the same thing (Adams, p. 79, near bottom). Explain clearly Hylas’s objection and Philonous’s response to it (the exchange continues through the top of p. 81). Is the response satisfactory? Why or why not?