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Perception and its Objects$
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Bill Brewer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260256.001.0001

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(p.15) 2 Anti‐Realism
Perception and its Objects

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Berkeley's response to the Inconsistent Triad is to reject (I), the claim that physical objects are mind-independent. Three variants of this move are distinguished, between which it is argued that the differences are ultimately semantic rather than ontological. These positions are displayed as isomorphic in key respects to three more modern options available given Lewis' Humility Thesis. Reflection on the difficulties faced by all of these possibilities suggests a necessary condition upon any fully adequate defence of empirical realism. This is the condition that the explanatory grounds of our perceptual experience should be the direct objects of those very experiences.

Keywords:   Berkeley, idealism, phenomenalism, semantic, ontological. Lewis, Humility Thesis, empirical realism, direct object, explanatory ground

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