Analyzing The Likeness Principle Argument against material substance on pages 40-42 of Berkeley’s Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous by George Berkeley

(1) A paragraph or two explaining the goal of the argument and its target (it might be helpful to briefly quote a text from Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy edited by Conningham establishing them as a target of attack)

(2) A schema (that is, a numbered set of premises and conclusion) showing the steps of the argument and noting a reason for each (better part of a page)

(3) An explanation of the schema, perhaps two or three paragraphs, paying special attention to those steps that are doing the most work or are the most difficult to understand or defend (make sure to explain any technical terms used)

(Tasks 1-3, together should be about 3 pages)

(4) The presentation of an objection to a specific premise or inference in the argument (a paragraph or two)

(5) A proposed response that Berkeley could make in defense of his arguments (paragraph or two)

(6) An evaluation of the success of Berkeley’s response, reaching a firm conclusion about whether Berkeley has successfully dispelled the notion of material substance (paragraph or two)

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