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(Insert (Course) Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous Three dialoges between Hylas and Philonous was written by George Berkley in 1713. In this dialogue, Berkley uses Hylas as his primary contemporary philosophical adversary…
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It is derived from two Greek words, phil and nous, which when translated to English means Lover of Mind. In this dialogue, Berkley, through Philonous, brings forth a strong argument against the theory of materialism and argues out his points in a way that shows how strongly he believes in immaterialism. According to Philonous, immaterialism proves and brings forth the erroneous nature of skepticism. This paper will be assessing the arguments that have been developed to oppose materialism and those that have been brought forth to support the theory of immaterialism and how it refutes skepticism. The paper will be assessing how successful the arguments that Berkley presents are in convincing the reader and the reasons for their success or failure. This dialogue is in three parts. In the first part of the dialogue, Hylas expresses his utter disdain of skepticism and points out to the opinion that he has heard Philonous to hold that there is no such thing as material substance in the world; a skeptical opinion. However, according to Philonous, it is Hylas who is skeptical and he seeks to prove that to him. The two therefore begin to engage in a philosophical battle of wits. Philonous begins by questioning Hylas on heat as a secondary quality. He questions Hylas of how one can be able to experience pain or pleasure through heat if it is not perceived in the mind. ...
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