Molyneux's Question in Berkeley's Theory of Vision



Published 14-06-2017
Juan R. Loaiza


I propose a reading of Berkeley's Essay towards a New Theory of Vision in which Molyneux-type questions as thought experiments instead of arguments. First, I present the general argumentative strategy in the NTV, and provide grounds for the traditional reading. Second, I consider some roles of thought experiments, and classify Molyneux-type questions in the NTV as constructive conjectural thought experiments. Third, I argue that (i) there is no distinction between Weak and Strong Heterogeneity theses in the NTV; (ii) that Strong Heterogeneity is the basis of Berkeley's theory; and (iii) that Molyneux-type questions act as illustrations of Strong Heterogeneity.

How to Cite

Loaiza, J. R. (2017). Molyneux’s Question in Berkeley’s Theory of Vision. THEORIA, 32(2), 231–247.
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Berkeley, Molyneux's question, Heterogeneity, thought experiments, perception