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Good humor. But, I can recall just how big an impact this very topic of Berkeley’s Idea-ism had on this sophomore engineering student in Phil 101 some 35 years ago. It was like taking off on a flight into adventurous novelty. This event forever sealed my ‘philosophy Jones.’
Perhaps I saw in Berkeley a flashback to days of more juvenile imaginative thought now in contrast w/ college, where I was being bombarded with the certainties of science and technology. No wonder that I would soon likewise fell in love with Pirsig’s Art/Motorcycle treatise on the romantic v classisal temperament and the neutral monism of Quality.
FWIW, one of my favorite songs of that era was this ballad of romantic rebellious youth – the sitars heighten the sense of rebellion, and if you close your eyes, you will find yourself swaying in the bus as Elton and Taupin works their magic… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyBJoj1zK_4
Mark Linsenmayer says
I’m currently reading Nagarjuna for ep #27 (to be recorded in early Oct.) and trying to figure out to what extent his conception of emptiness amounts to the same thing as Berkeley’s idealism (without God).
Daniel Horne says