Berkeley’s charge that the philosophers are guilty of complicating knowledge by introducing unnecessarty abstractions.

Berkeley’s charge that the philosophers are guilty of complicating knowledge by introducing unnecessarty abstractions.

State as clearly as you can Berkeley’s charge that the philosophers are guilty of complicating knowledge, by introducing unnecessary abstractions. Then try to defend philosophy against that charge. Which position do you endorse? Do you think that those abstractions are epistemologically necessary, or do you think that Berkeley correct?

METHEDOLOGY

a) Identify any metaphysical and or epistemological issues involved in the charge.
b) Discuss the philosophical strategy employed by Berkeley.
c) Discuss how the particular line of argument used failed or helped in advancing philosophical discussions.
d) Finally, in your opinion, using sound arguments based on the concepts we discussed in class, explain how you would defend the philosophers against the charge


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