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How does Berkeley justify existence of other minds?

This issue is addressed in Berkeley's Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, especially 145 and 148, and there is some disagreement as to what the nature of his argument is. Some take ...
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How is Kant's transcendental idealism related to Berkeley's subjective idealism?

There is a very good and well-sourced article on Kant's refutation of Idealism on SEP. As the answer in this question tried to say, it is essentially about an objective foundation of time. From the ...
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How did George Berkeley justify his disbelief in matter?

Berkeley gives two arguments in the quoted passage, and the first one does resonate with Kant's later arguments. But Berkeley's came before Kant's. First, he says that the notion of matter is "...
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How would Kant defend the concept of the noumenon against Berkeley's charge?

I am not much of a Berkeley scholar so my answer will primarily be an attempt to explain Kant with reference to the things you state in your question. I think we need to be very careful about what ...
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How is Kant's transcendental idealism related to Berkeley's subjective idealism?

Kant criticizes Berkeley in B274 of Critique of Pure Reason concerning the concept of space: The second is the dogmatical idealism of Berkeley, who maintains that space, together with all the ...
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Empiricism out the door

David Hume wrote this line in his character Cleanthes's voice, in Part One of Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion: Whether your scepticism be as absolute and sincere as you pretend, we shall ...
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What are the rebuttals (if any) to Berkeley's dismissal of "primary qualities"?

Great question: I think Kant may do so, he takes a mid-point between Berkeleys pure idealism - all mind, and the materialists - all matter. Qualia for him come from the interaction of mind on matter. ...
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Are consistent solipsists limited to the singular when referencing themselves?

If you are a solipsist, from your point of view you would only be talking to yourself anyway. So you could say whatever you wanted. If you are a (presumably external) interlocutor trying to catch a ...
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Are consistent solipsists limited to the singular when referencing themselves?

If solipsism is the thesis that only I exist, then Berkeley was certainly not a solipsist since a major burden of his argument in the Principles is that all that exist are his and other minds or ...
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Are consistent solipsists limited to the singular when referencing themselves?

Solipsism can be more subtle than that, Berkeley's for example, although there is a linguistic disagreement on whether to classify his philosophy as solipsism, and Berkeley denied the label. Basically ...
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Why do current academics refuse to acknolwedge idealism as viable?

These are unsourced, but are too long to post as comments: Idealism, when explained very briefly or over simplified, sounds too much like various New Age ideas along the lines of "it's all in the ...
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Does the Denial of the External World Lead to Solipsism?

The answer is sensitive to what is meant by "external" and "denial". For instance, one could say that the expression "external world" is incomprehensible (since we can ...
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For Berkeley, how do subjective experiences exist?

There's not just percepts, there's also perceivers. How you are using "perceiving" implies a relation between a perceiver and the perceived. One point here might be that it's everything else beyond ...
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Is there a special language for expressing subjective idealism?

A subjective idealist can use exactly the same language as anyone else. Hence Berkeley's maxim that we ought 'to think with the learned, and speak with the vulgar' (Of the Principles of Human ...
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How does Berkeley justify existence of other minds?

Berkeley and other minds - the basic problem The 'problem of other minds' confronts many philosophical theories for different reasons and with different responses. So how does it arise for Berkeley ...
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How does Berkeley justify existence of other minds?

This issue is clarified by understanding Berkeley's living understanding of his project. Under the principle that ideas become ridiculous when separated from living interests. Berkeley's motivation ...
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Is there any inconsistency in Berkeley's philosophy?

A major problem Berkeley would face today was actually solved in his time with what I would actually consider one of the most elegant solution to a philosophical argument ever proposed. In a famous ...
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What's Kant defense of a noumenal world actually existing?

I think your question arises from a misunderstanding of the conception of noumena in Kant. The noumenon (from nous, thought) is not an existing world out of reach. The thing in itself is a thought ...
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What does Kant refer to when writing about "dreaming (träumenden) idealism" and "visionary (schwärmenden) idealism"?

This is explicitly answered in the introduction to the Cambridge Edition written by Gary Hatfield, in the comments on the structure of the work, where he gives a short summary of the main text. He ...
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Problems with Other Minds in Idealism

There are many idealists, with many different answers to your question. The idea/matter interaction need not be simple, however -- after all matter-matter interaction is incredibly complex -- we have ...
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How does Berkeley justify existence of other minds?

I have already exposed to this problem during my Philosophical journey. There are very important questions: Is it possible that there's nothing but God and me?. Is it a solipsism?. Could it be a ...
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Empiricism out the door

Maybe Hume? Slightly similar Where am I, or what? From what causes do I derive my existence, and to what condition shall I return? Whose favour shall I court, and whose anger must I dread? What ...
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What is Light in Berkeley's Metaphysics?

I am not aware that Berkeley's offers an account of light at any length outside his 'A New Theory of Vision' (1709). He there refers to light as consisting in 'rays': ... the particles which ...
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Is there an atheistic idealism that rejects noumena but isn't solipsism?

Dr. Amit Goswami puts forth a thesis of Monistic Idealism in his book, The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World, 1993. He holds that consciousness is the bases of all ...
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