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Stefan Storrie

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198755685.001.0001

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Hey, What’s the Big Idea?

Hey, What’s the Big Idea?

Berkeley and Hume on Extension, Local Conjunction, and the Immateriality of the Soul

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Berkeley's Three Dialogues

Don Garrett

Oxford University Press

Berkeley and Hume share a commitment to the existence of extended ideas or perceptions. This essay first examines how Berkeley and Hume differ from such predecessors as Descartes and Locke in this respect and then focuses on the nature and consequences of one problem that their distinctive shared view raises: namely, how one mind can include both extended and unextended beings. Hume does not ultimately solve this problem to his own satisfaction. Berkeley’s original and distinctive theory of immaterial substantial souls addresses the problem in a way that Hume might well have rejected upon examination but never, it seems, directly addressed.

Keywords:   Berkeley, Hume, extension, substance, soul, idea, perception, immateriality

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