God Berkeley And The Trees Analysis

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Jesse Rise Judd Paper #2 11/13/09 God, Berkeley, and the Trees To be is to be perceived. Berkeley would say that a tree only exists so long as there is someone there to perceive it. If I see the tree from one angle and spot a hole in it, there is no way to prove to another person from a differing perspective that there is a hole. The hole only exists because I am perceiving it. “There is nothing perceived by sense which is not perceived immediately: therefore there is nothing sensible that exists without the mind.” (p. 50) Here Berkeley points out that things perceived by sense are useless and do not exist, without a mind to perceive them. Matter is something intelligible, something that may be…show more content…
When we say that a thing exists, we mean nothing more than that such a thing is perceived by us. “From all which I conclude , there is a mind that effects me every moment with all the sensible impressions I perceive. And from the variety, order, and manner of these, I conclude the author of them to be wise, powerful, and good, beyond comprehension.” (p. 50) This is the role that Berkeley says God plays in the world and in our minds. The objects we see around us are only cognitive fragments put into our head by an eternal mind. I do not completely agree with this because for God to have control of what ever mind perceives, he would have to be the creator of these minds. But we as rationale beings can decide when to create a new mind. “With regard to all other finite created spirits, it necessarily follows, that there is an omnipresent eternal mind, which knows and comprehends all things, and exhibits them to our view in such a manner, and according to such rules as he himself has ordained, and are by us termed the laws of nature.” (p. 64) Here Berkeley says that
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