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Ideas and Objects

Berkeley sometimes espouses the view that physical objects are just collections or families of sensations that are produced by God in the minds of finite perceivers. But he explains the continued existence of objects that are not currently perceived by us by appealing to God's perceptions and to God's volitions. In addition he says that the ideas we perceive exist apart from the minds of finite perceivers at all times at which they exist. But if physical objects can exist qua divine ideas or volitions, or if they have any sort of existence independent of our sense perception, then such objects are not just collections of sensations in our minds.

Further, God perceives a great deal more than we perceive. For example, God presumably perceives all perceivable objects. Perhaps God perceives all such objects from all angles at once and perceives the interiors of...

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