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When I look at the two theories of Lockes Representative Realism and Berkeleys subjective idealism it is Berkleys Subjective Idealism that is the stronger of the two Berkley and Locke differed on one out of three Epistemological questions which are 1 Is it possible to have knowledge 2 Does reason provide us with knowledge 3 Does our knowledge represent reality as it really is Lawhead The Philosophical Journey 5e 2011 95 Locke and Berkley both said knowledge was indeed possible and reason did not provide us with knowledge but when it came to the third Epistemological question the answers differed substantially Lock states that the building block of all knowledge is what he would call Ideas Ideas in this case are anything that you can think perceive or understand Lawhead The Philosophical Journey 5e 2011 94 He says that there are two different kinds of ideas Complex Ideas and Simple Ideas Lawhead The Philosophical Journey 5e 2011 94 Simple ideas can be broken down into two categories Ideas of sensation which are taste smell or even colors and ideas of refection such as emotions thinking or believing Lawhead The Philosophical Journey 5e 2011 94 Complex Ideas which are essentially made up of simple ideas can be broken down as well into three categories which are compounding relating and abstracting Compounding ideas are ideas that you can add together to get one whole idea Lawhead The Philosophical Journey 5e 2011 94 An example of this is when you think of a rose you automatically think of a red flower which has thorns on its stem Relating ideas are when you can compare and contrast two ideas such as taller to shorter Abstracting ideas are when you take away individual characteristics Lawhead The Philosophical Journey 5e 2011 94 For example you can take away the color size and breed of a cat but youre still left with a cat According to William Lawheads book The
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