Earlier this week saw that Locke’s indirect realism raised questions about whether there really are objects that exist independent of our minds. Berkeley adopted idealism, the view that there are no material objects. In Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding he gives several arguments for the existence of mind-independent objects. The following passage is one of them.
In the text box below, write this argument out as a series of numbered statements with the conclusion of the argument at the end. If you believe this is a multistep argument, then include marginal notations that indicate how the statements are related. Briefly note whether you think Locke’s argument is good.
Note: Locke understands “idea” to mean “..an object that exists in a mind. For example, mental images are ideas. Sensations (e.g. sensations of pain) are also ideas” (Stich & Donaldson 115).
“First, it is obvious that those perceptions that we think are produced by outer things are produced in us by exterior causes affecting our senses […] When my eyes are shut, I can choose to recall to my mind the ideas of light or the sun that former sensations have lodged in my memory […] But if at noon I turn my eyes towards the sun, I can’t avoid the ideas that the light or sun then produces in me. So there is a clear difference between the ideas stored in my memory (over which, if they were only in my memory, I would always have the same power to call them up or set them aside as I choose) and those that force themselves on me and that I can’t avoid having. The latter ideas—the ones I have whether I want them or not—must be produced in my mind by some exterior cause, and the brisk acting of some external objects whose power I can’t resist.” -John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, in the version by Jonathan Bennett presented at www.earlymoderntexts.com
Citations: Provide a citation for each source in APA 7 format.
Plagiarism Free Papers
Thehomeworkwritings.com’s team of writers write all papers from scratch. We deliver 100% original, unique papers. That’s what makes us the best custom homework writing service
We provide unlimited free revisions to all customers and on all papers. Try The Homework Writings today for the best custom homework writing service and experience in the industry.
Thehomeworkwritings.com gives clients title pages free of charge. Your only job is to fill out our order form. We will handle the rest.
As the leading essay writing service, we never submit any paper without a reference/bibliography page. We do this free of charge too.
Originality & Security
At Thehomeworkwritings.com, we take great pride in delivering only high-quality 100% original papers to all our clients. We also never share any of our clients’ information with third parties. Your data is safe with us.
24/7 Customer Support
No other custom homework writing service has a friendly, always available customer support team to respond to clients like us.
Try it now!
How it works?
Follow these simple steps to get your paper done
Place your order
Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.
Proceed with the payment
Choose the payment system that suits you most.
Receive the final file
Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.
Why outsource our services
We have the best customer support team for your essay writing needs.
You won’t find any other custom homework writing service with pricing as flexible and affordable as ours.
Admission help & Client-Writer Contact
We provide a direct line of communication with our writers for the best writing experience.
As the leading custom homework writing service, we take deadlines very seriously. You will have your paper submitted on time without any delays.
We truly value your feedback, good or bad, and always use your feedback to help us provide you with an even better custom homework writing service