A History of Philosophy Roundtable will take place on Thursday, November 3rd at 7PM. The roundtable will feature Keota Fields, an associate professor at UMass Dartmouth, who will present on The Role of Normativity in Berkeley's Master Argument.
Abstract: Berkeley's master argument is often criticized as fallacious on the grounds that he rejects a distinction between representations and their intentional objects. It is also criticized for implying solipsism. I argue that these objections overlook the normative structure of Berkeley's accounts of sensible objects and sensible qualities. Once this normative structure is revealed, I propose an interpretation of the master argument that accuses materialism of committing the naturalistic fallacy. I then show that on my interpretation the master argument overcomes the aforementioned objections.
This event is pre-read, so please email Emma Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org for the paper.
Snacks and drink will be provided and all are welcome to attend.
History of Philosophy Roundtables are organized and hosted by graduate students.