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Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous

Summary

Second Dialogue 215–221

Summary Second Dialogue 215–221

Turning then to the last causal scenario, Berkeley simply maintains that he has a simpler account of what causes our sensory experiences. If God could cause our ideas directly, why would He go the intermediate route and cause them through inert immaterial objects that we have no access to anyway? There would be no point; from inside our experience, we cannot even tell the difference — it would look the same to us no matter which of these causal scenarios was the true one.

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