Innate Ideas without Abstract Ideas: An Essay on Berkeley's Platonism

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Draft. Berkeley denied the existence of abstract ideas and any faculty of abstraction. At the same time, however, he embraced innate ideas and a faculty of pure intellect. This paper attempts to reconcile the tension between these commitments by offering an interpretation of Berkeley's Platonism.

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John Roberts
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