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Edward Langley Senior Thesis 2012

Edward Langley Senior Thesis 2012

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A Defense of the Proposition "That 'Sensation is of substance' is self-evident".
A Defense of the Proposition "That 'Sensation is of substance' is self-evident".

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Published by: Edward Langley on Mar 15, 2012
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 “Are You Jacob Marley?”
The Apprehension of Substance Considered
A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of
Thomas Aquinas College
inPartial Fulfillment of the Degree of Bachelor of Arts
Author: Edward Langley
Advisor: Dr. Christopher DecaenMarch 11, 2012
 
"You don’t believe in me," observed the Ghost. “I don’t,” said Scrooge. “What evidence would you have of my reality beyond that of your senses?” “I don’t know,” said Scrooge. “Why do you doubt your senses?” “Because,said Scrooge, “a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef,a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato.There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”—–Charles Dickens,
A Christmas Carol
When discussing how Berkeley’s philosophy appeared to be self-evidentlyfalse, but impossible to refute, Dr. Johnson kicked out at a nearby stone,exclaiming “I refute it thus!”—–Boswell’s
Life of Samuel Johnson
 
Contents
Mistakes about substance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Sense qualities can change while the substance remains. . . . . . . . . . . 6Substance cannot change the sense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Sense does not comprehend substance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7To be sensed
is not really to be sensed. . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Does the brute sense substance?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Sensation of an image. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Sense is of Particulars, Understanding of Universals. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14i

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