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If all mortal creatures were removed from the universe, secondary properties such as tastes, odors, and colors would no longer exist. These properties or qualities are wholly dependent on there being creatures to perceive them.”
1. Would John Locke agree with this claim? Why or why not? 2. Would George Berkeley agree with this claim? Why or why not? 3. Do you agree with this claim? why are why not?
Use the template below for your answer.
The basic signposting in your response is: (do not number paragraphs)
(1) In your introductory paragraph explain the problem posed in the question above. [Focus on relevant details you will need to support your position.]
(2) At the end of your introductory paragraph state your thesis. I ________, . [Fill in the blank with (1) “agree that without mortal creatures tastes, odors, and colors would not exist” or (2) “disagree with the claim that without mortal creatures Tastes, odors, and colors would exist without any living creatures to perceive them.”
(3) In your next paragraph introduce John Locke to your reader. Then write, John Locke would ______ . Fill in the blank with (a) “agree because…” or (b) “disagree because…” [Explain why Locke would agree or disagree. You should include a definition and explanation of indirect realism. You should also include definitions and an explanation of Locke’s primary vs secondary quality distinction. You will probably need at least two paragraphs for this part of the paper. Use examples.]
(4) In the next section introduce George Berkeley to your reader. Then write, George Berkeley would ______. Fill in the blank with (a) “agree because…” or (b) “disagree because…” [explain why Berkeley would agree or disagree. You should include definitions of materialism and idealism, and an explanation of how these ideas apply to Galileo’s claim.
(5) In the last section of your paper explain why you agree or disagree. You must support your view with an argument. You could use ideas from Locke or Berkeley or explain why you think they are mistaken. Start this section by reminding the reader what your view is, then offer supporting reasons for why your reader should accept your view.