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MA Thesis Defense: Keilee Bessho
June 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
‘Berkeley on god’s knowledge of sensible objects’
Keilee Bessho (Cal State Long Beach)
17 Jun 2022 • 10:00am–12:00pm • Zoom (Meeting ID: 842 5456 2523, Passcode: 396811)
Abstract: At the core of Bishop George Berkeley’s philosophy is his claim that sensible objects such as tables and trees are merely ideas or sensations that exist only when perceived (esse est percipi). Sensible objects are merely collections of ideas and, as such, cannot exist unless they are being perceived by some mind. One of the main problems that Berkeley’s claim continues to face in convincing others of his immaterialism and idealism is that it seemingly defies common sense. This problem is at the heart of several objections to his view. In this thesis, I analyze two related objections and evaluate various attempts by commentators to respond to them on his behalf. My main original contribution is to argue that these attempts fail and to develop a better response on Berkeley’s behalf.
Oral defenses are open to the public. For a draft copy of the thesis in advance, please contact Keilee <email@example.com> directly.