An Empiricist and Idealist Critique of the Idea of Substance

Ariana Dwyer 6 PAGES (3385 WORDS) Essay/Paper
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An Empiricist and Idealist Critique of the Idea of Substance


Abstract: This paper examines the concept of substance in terms of the traditional view of it as something that exists to support the properties of things or objects generally. Critiques of this view by Berkeley and Hume, as well as their theoretical foundations of empiricism and idealism, will be analysed. In addition to determining what can be concluded from these critiques of the idea of substance, it will be discussed whether Berkeley’s critique is fully convincing or not, by addressing objections to it, as well as by explaining what is common between the two critiques of the idea of substance by Berkeley and Hume. I argue that although Berkeley makes an inspired case for his immaterialist idealism, the theory underlying his critique of substance encounters objections which render me sceptical of his account.


Key words: Substance; Berkeley; Hume; Empiricism; Idealism; Immaterialism; Critique. 

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APA

Ariana, D (2019). An Empiricist and Idealist Critique of the Idea of Substance. Afribary.com: Retrieved December 06, 2019, from https://afribary.com/works/an-empiricist-and-idealist-critique-of-the-idea-of-substance

MLA 8th

Dwyer, Ariana. "An Empiricist and Idealist Critique of the Idea of Substance" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 11 Jul. 2019, https://afribary.com/works/an-empiricist-and-idealist-critique-of-the-idea-of-substance . Accessed 06 Dec. 2019.

MLA7

Dwyer, Ariana. "An Empiricist and Idealist Critique of the Idea of Substance". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 11 Jul. 2019. Web. 06 Dec. 2019. < https://afribary.com/works/an-empiricist-and-idealist-critique-of-the-idea-of-substance >.

Chicago

Dwyer, Ariana. "An Empiricist and Idealist Critique of the Idea of Substance" Afribary.com (2019). Accessed December 06, 2019. https://afribary.com/works/an-empiricist-and-idealist-critique-of-the-idea-of-substance