Category: epistemological

It’s been a long weekend. And time is subject to perceptual variation. So bang on time is the promised homework.

The following four questions / tasks (the bullet pointed bits) MUST be done (even if you’re called Jake) by Monday 22nd February.

Seeing as you’re getting so good, have a go at these. They will require some thought, I had to think about them, but that means little as I have fewer brain cells than you.

  • What does a comparison of idealism and direct realism tell us about the difference between epistemology and ontology?
  • Why does solipsism threaten both idealism and representative realism? What philosopher(s) might we turn to for an escape from solipsism and how might he help us?

These are from the text book, p. 60, but are rather good: (I’ve got a bit of a hunch about Locke and primary / secondary qualities being in the exam – It is only a hunch and not inside information – unfortunately).

  • Say whether the following are examples of primary qualities, secondary qualities, both, or neither. Explain your thinking.

  • Describe and illustrate one epistemological distinction between primary secondary qualities and one ontological one.


‘Think about’s’ from text book p. 56.

  • Why is God’s existence incompatible with Berkeley’s principle that esse est percipi? (“To be is to be perceived“).
  • Can the principle be rescued if there is no god to guarantee it?

  • The similarity sometimes found between realist and idealist epistemologies, despite there fundamental ontological differences, has led to much debate in philosophical circles about whether epistemology or ontology is the more primary or important area for investigation. What do you think and why do you think it?