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Due March 30, 2016, at 11:59 PM
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Ideas, Atoms and Commonsense
Like Locke, Berkeley was an atomist. (1) What are atoms, on Berkeley's view? (2) How do Berkeley's 'idea atoms' make up bodies? (3) How does Berkeley preserve the distinction between real and imaginary bodies? Berkeley claims that his understanding of bodies is the most commonsensical way to think of them. (4) Give (a) the best reason you can think of (or find in our readings) in favour of this claim, and (b) the best reason to doubt it. (5) Evaluate the reasons that you have given: does Berkeley succeed or fail at defending commonsense, and why?