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How many arguments does Berkeley offer for the existence of God When first encountered with this question the answer seems almost simple and obvious one possibly two All one would have to do is read Berkeley and count exactly how many arguments he gives for the existence of God However it seems that after reading the text and reading two of the responses to the text and a response to one of the responses it really is not that simple at all Instead it became horribly complicated with questions of the importance and definitions of certain words that Berkeley uses In my essay I am going to present Berkeleys supposed arguments for the existence of God followed by three different philosophers opinions of what he actually meant in using these arguments and what the purpose of each argument was The philosophers names are Jonathan Bennett EJ Furlong and Jonathan Dancy The arguments that supposedly exist in Berkeleys Principles and Dialogues are not presented in argument form but I will use instead Bennetts argumentative form of the arguments By using his form I do not concede that Bennett is correct in his own opinions but that he has laid out a clear path to the arguments that Berkeley has given us The arguments names for the remainder of the essay will be the Continuity argument and the Independence argument Bennett calls this argument the passivity argument but for purely aesthetic reasons alone I prefer to call it the independence argument First of all the continuity argument may be found albeit in controversy in 48 presented by Berkeley For though we hold indeed the objects of sense to be nothing else but ideas which cannot exist unperceived yet we may not hence conclude they have no existence except only while they are perceived by us since there may be some other spirit that perceives them though we do notIt does not follow from the foregoing
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