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If the ‘cup’ exercise is not working for you, then why not try one of two classic exercises that take you to the very same conundrum. The first is Rene Descartes’ account of his Meditations. The second is Bertrand Russell’s Problems of Philosophy. Both accounts are very readable and readily available in many editions. In the first place, our interest is the conundrum itself, to see it clearly. Later, you may consider how each proceeds to different but similar solutions, and how Plato took in the other direction. The conundrum is often called the problem of reference in epistemology, made famous by Bishop Berkeley‘s critique of John Locke.
During this zoom presentation Bernie was talking to a slide show that did not appear. These slides will be presented again next week.
Other philosophers mentioned in the Session 4 discussion include:
- Jean Piaget on the stages of childhood development.
- Sigmund Freud on his grandchild’s game of Fort-Da!
- Carl Jung on collective unconscious
- Noam Chomsky on formal language theory