[MaFLa] invitation to a talk on`The (Un)Refutation of Idealism` by Tom Stoneham - Tuesday, 17 November, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412

Krisztina Biber biberk at ceu.edu
Wed Nov 11 07:58:55 CET 2015

    The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
 (as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
 Tom Stoneham (University of York) on
 The (Un)Refutation of Idealism
 Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
 In 'The Refutation of Idealism' GE Moore famously argues that a certain
claim is both the basis for believing that 'esse is percipi' and
self-contradictory. The claim in question is the identification of the
sensation of e.g. blueness with the object of the sensation, namely
blueness - or perhaps an instance of blueness - itself. Call this
'Objectualism' about the sensation. The connection between Objectualism
and the esse is percipi thesis was noted by Berkeley (Notebooks 609),
though obviously he did not think it self-contradictory. In this paper I
first defuse Moore’s charge of self-contradiction before defending
Objectualism on two grounds: first, that if we accept the argument that
naïve realism best explains the phenomenology of perception, especially
what is called transparency, then Objectualism provides a better
explanation than other relationist forms of naïve realism; and secondly,
Objectualism avoids the most problematic forms of the hard problem of
consciousness (something Berkeley also noted at the start of the second
of the Three Dialogues). Neither Berkeley nor Moore suggest that
Objectualism alone entails that esse is percipi, but it does provide a
fertile starting point for idealism 

Krisztina Biber
Department of Philosophy 

Central European University
Nador u. 9. | 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Office: + 36.1.327.3806 | biberk at ceu.hu | www.ceu.hu 

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