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“His target is a purely sense-datum experience, which does not feature objects, “conceived of as distinct from any particular states of awareness of them,” that is, a Berkeleyan experience of spatial objects whose esse is percipi (1966: 98).”
“(Berkeley does say that the ideas of what “are called real things” differ from “those excited in the imagination” by “being less regular, vivid, and constant” (Berkeley 1710, Principles Part I, 33), but for him this difference does not challenge or undermine the claim that the esse of a physical object is its percipi.)”
“In his defence of disjunctivism Putnam (1999) attributes to the common element theorist an epistemological assumption of this kind, for he attributes to the common element theorist the assumption that there are internal phenomenal states whose esse is percipi: if they seem to be the same internal phenomenal state, then they are the same internal phenomenal state.”
“For you know that in all these cases the esse-percipi theory appears to be unmistakably refuted, since in dreams and illusions we certainly have false perceptions; and far from saying that everything is which appears, we should rather say that nothing is which appears.”
“For ideas, and so for the physical world, esse est percipi.”
“Inter tot opera militiæ, tantas domi contentions, ridi sæculo literas Græcas, ætate jam declinatâ didicit, ut esset hominibus documento, ea quoque percipi posse, quæ senes concupissent.”
“Although it has hitherto been argued that the _esse_ of things is in their _percipi_, this is now replaced by the more fundamental principle that the _esse_ of things is in their _percipere_ or _velle_.”
“Esse of the material is percipi: and the regularity of nature is no more than the order of ideas as produced in us by another spirit, namely, God.”
“The reality of things he places in their being perceived (esse rei est percipi), and this "perceivedness" is effected in the mind by God, not by the object or subject.”
“To use Berkeley's words, to be is to be known (esse est percipi).”
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