Molyneux's Question in Berkeley's Theory of Vision
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. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 32(2), 231–247. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.15984
Berkeley, Molyneux's question, Heterogeneity, thought experiments, perception
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons License.