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Berkeley and Aquinas on Matter and Epistemological Realism

Does matter exist? Bishop Berkeley famously said, No, a thesis which has earned him a reputation as a brilliant crank (emphasis on “crank”). Here’s his argument: Wood, stones, fire, water, flesh, iron, and the like things, which I name and … Continue reading

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Buddhist skepticism

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan argues that one unifying conviction of the six Brahmanical┬ádarsanas, the “orthodox systems” of classical Hindu thought, was an opposition to “the skepticism of the Buddhists” (Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy, 354). What does that mean, exactly? Well, consider this … Continue reading

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