Meeting 22: Cause and Effect (for advanced philosophers)
February 9, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Philosopher Richard Brown critiques two famous arguments in early Modern Philosophy:
#1 - Hume's argument that we never observe events to cause other events, and therefore we are mistaken that cause and effect is something that we have any knowledge of; and
#2 - Berkeley's argument to the effect that we can not possess the idea of an object which could exist without someone thinking of it. Berkeley's view allegedly implies that all things are ideas, and therefore there are no physical objects.
Tommy has two suggested readings (both blog posts):
This group will meet one Sunday per month. Participants will discuss a philosophical issue/problem of their own selection at each meeting. No prior experience with philosophy is required. We will be a mix of people, most with no background in philosophy, some who have had some exposure to philosophy (such as those who majored in philosophy in college), and a few philosophy scholars (philosophy grad students and professors).