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Oda, T.

Department of the History of Philosophy

Berkeley’s View of Voluntary Physical Motion

I argue in what way Berkeley’s view of voluntary physical motion is interpreted. The received, standard reading of Berkeley is occasionalism; this, however, leads to a specious conclusion against his argument about human action. Differing from the unqualified occasionalist reading, I consider the alternative reading that Berkeley is a realist about human bodily movement at will, as being under the divine conservation. This paper is a stepping stone to determining why the realist reading is more coherent than the occasionalist one.

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