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What according to Berkeley can we know besides our ideas and minds?

As the self-proclaimed defender of common sense, Berkeley held that what we perceive really is as we perceive it to be. But what we perceive are just sensible objects, collections of sensible qualities, which are themselves nothing other than ideas in the minds of their perceivers.

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Besides, what is the difference between ideas and mind for Berkeley?

Ideas are sensible things, objects of thought, and objects of perception. In this sense ideas are sensations and therefore they are passive. Minds, on the other hand, produce active modes like acts of thought, and acts of operation (such as understanding, willing, imagining, remembering and the like.)

what is it that Berkeley thinks we have no reason to believe exists? Berkeley believes in this claim because he is an empiricist, that is, someone who believes that all knowledge comes through the senses. The conclusion of this argument is not that mind-independent material objects do not exist; it is that we have no reason to believe that they exist.

what was Berkeley's argument to prove that there is no matter?

Berkeley contends that no material things exist, not just that some immaterial things exist. Thus, he attacks Cartesian and Lockean dualism, not just the considerably less popular (in Berkeley's time) view, held by Hobbes, that only material things exist.

What does Berkeley mean when he says to be is to be perceived?

To be means to be perceived, or esse est percipi, is Berkeley's famous principle. If this is what we mean by "to be," then clearly things exist only when they are being perceived. His answer will clearly be that it can be said to exist if we can perceive it, but that it cannot be said to exist if we cannot perceive it.

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