Analyzing Berkeley's Argument Essay

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In this essay I will argue that Berkeley is correct in proving that there is no such thing as sensible qualities that exist outside of our mind. In reference to Berkeley’s first dialogue between Hylas and Philonous, Philonous demonstrates that the sensible qualities found in the taste of food are not at all real; they are simply attributes that we have noted using our minds. I will now go on to argue the effectiveness and trueness of Berkeley’s quote “ that which at other times seems sweet, shall to a distempered palate appear bitter. And nothing can be plainer, than that diverse persons perceive different tastes in the same food, since that which one man delights in, another abhors. And how could this be, if the taste was something really inherent in the food?” (Berkeley, 16) Philonous validates the argument by providing indisputable reasons to support his statement. In doing this he concludes that it is simply impossible for sensible qualities in the taste of food to exist beyond what our mind makes and perceives of it. The main sources of validation of this argument are…show more content…
When I am ill, the taste of food lessens and becomes in a way monotonous, as well as when out for dinner with friends, my choice in meal is often found to be someone’s last choice on the menu. Philonous’ reasons for supporting his argument, connects to the conclusion like a puzzle. The fact that our opinion on food differs and taste buds change over time shows that the way we view these food items or any substance for that matter is completely created by our mind and what we have been taught by our environment and surroundings to perceive these things a certain way. These premises offer more than enough support. It is the premises, alone which lead me to understand the point of the argument as well as change my mind and prove that this argument is in fact
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