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Perception, Causation, and Objectivity$
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Johannes Roessler, Hemdat Lerman, and Naomi Eilan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692040.001.0001

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Tackling Berkeley's Puzzle

Tackling Berkeley's Puzzle

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Perception, Causation, and Objectivity

Quassim Cassam

Oxford University Press

It seems that we have the conception of objects of experience as mind-independent. Berkeley argues that it is possible for us to have this conception only if it is made available to us by experience (the Explanatory Requirement) and that experience cannot make this conception available to us (the Experience Premise). John Campbell's response is to reject the Experience Premise on the basis of a Relational View of experience. This chapter criticizes Campbell's response to Berkeley and proposes an alternative response inspired by Kant. This response focuses on the role of the Explanatory Requirement in Berkeley's argument and proposes that when this requirement is properly understood it poses no threat to our possession of the conception of objects as mind-independent.

Keywords:   Berkeley, Campbell, Kant, The Relational View of experience, mind-independent objects

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