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Esse est percpi and percept identity in C. J. Boström's philosophy
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB), Histology and Cell Biology.
2013 (English)In: Idealistic Studies, ISSN 0046-8541, E-ISSN 2153-8239, Vol. 43, no 1-2, 63-70 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Berkeley's 'esse is percipi' has been criticized for implying epistemological solipsism, the main argument being that different minds cannot harbor numerically one and the same idea. Similarly, C. J. Boström, the dominating Swedish philosopher in the 19th century, was early scorned because his principle of esse est percipi allegedly contradicts the simultaneous claim that two spirits (God and a human, or two humans) can perceive the same thing under qualitatively different appearances. Whereas the criticism against Berkeley is here regarded as valid, it is argued that Boström successfully defended himself by employing a dual concept of meaning, resembling Frege's Sinn and Bedeutung some thirty years later, and by postulating an ontology that permits human minds to share in the divine ideas that constitute reality.

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Worcester, MA, USA: Clark University Press , 2013. Vol. 43, no 1-2, 63-70 p.
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Boström, esse est percipi, perception, meaning, Frege, Sinn, Bedeutung, Berkeley, solipsism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88503DOI: 10.5840/idstudies20145165ISI: 000340439700006OAI: diva2:716077
Available from: 2014-05-07 Created: 2014-05-07 Last updated: 2016-04-15Bibliographically approved

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