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Interpreting ' A Treatise Concerning The Principles Of Human Knowledge Essay

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1. Interpreting ‘’A TREATISE CONCERNING THE PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE’’-GEORGE BERKELEY
I am referring to the human knowledge as ideas, either gained through our senses (sight, taste, smell, touch and hearing), or by the operations of the mind, or as a combination of these two types with the intervention of memory and imagination. We can say that a collection of our senses creates ideas, and a collection of ideas constitutes an object. For instance, if we are thinking about a red-yellowish, round, sweet-sour and succulent object we might constitute the idea of an apple as one might perceive it. Therefore, we can say that our minds perceive these ideas as objects through complex sensations, and not the material representation of them, and a particular object arouses a specific set of emotions upon human beings.
But for the idea, in order to be perceived, there needs to be a perceiver, perhaps the mind, soul or spirit, which validates the existence of the idea by sensing it, being the source of our reality. If there wasn’t any entity to perceive an idea, then it would not exist. If we consider the mind as the creator of what we name reality, then we can attribute to the object the ability to be perceived, and therefore to exist. There is no evidence of a material world, however I will not deny the existence of a world independent of us, all I claim is that there is no such a place outside the mind. As when we talk about objects we are talking
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