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By Alexander Moseley

ISBN-10: 0826499473

ISBN-13: 9780826499479

ISBN-10: 0826499481

ISBN-13: 9780826499486

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In Anselm’s ontological proof of God’s existence, being is attributed as an other description, one that is necessary for the perfect being. Yet is being a property? That would suggest it be a noun, a thing to be observed and verified, but modern logicians often denounce such a move as a result of semantic confusion or explaining how ‘is’ is used as attributing certain characteristics: the thing is a strip (instantiation); it is a thin, silvery strip (quality), it is magnesium (material), it is the chemistry teacher’s (identity).

Initially, in his New Theory of Vision, we read Berkeley expanding on Locke’s work, examining how we come to know, for instance, the distance of objects as they fall on our senses. He rejected a Cartesian argument that distance is understandable through a geometrical analysis of the positioning of objects (arrayed in a three-dimensional matrix in front of us as it were) in favour of learning the customary connections and hence distances between objects. The Cartesian theory implies that distance is immediately understood, which Berkeley thoroughly rejected – the mind learns distances through experience of relating one object’s distance to another’s.

He is considered the initiating thinker behind modern philosophy. Historians like to have some starting point but we do return to him frequently not just for the issues that he pondered but also to gain a sense of the philosophical adventure upon which he embarked: a sincere attempt to provide epistemological certainty, in other words, to say that he knows that other things exist. What initially appealed to Descartes’s mind was the certainty that mathematics provided, and turning its logical attractiveness to philosophy he sought to haul contemporary philosophy (as he saw it) out of its scholastic morass.

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