weeee…philosophy

03.18.2005

The Nearest Book
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

In his view, the idea that colours, sounds, and other qualities do
not exist in matter is a direct violation of common sense. Thus Berkeley saw
himself as a champion of common sense, and felt that his philosophy would
restore to material things the qualities that the new sciences denied them.
But his views were controversial from the outset, leading one commentator
to declare him insane.

From A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind by Peter Morton.
Required reading for my Introduction to Philosophy class.