Nothing exists, therefore I am (Berkeley´s and Klíma´s Concept of Existence)
Berkeley and Klima agree that for the sake of god the existence of the external world is to be rejected. While Berkeley replaces the eliminated external world with god, who is the source of our sensations and in whose mind all things exist, Klima's concept of god is a triumph over the deception of intentionality. Berkeley introduces a new concept of existence - to exist means to be perceived - things therefore really exist, either in our minds or in the mind of god. For Klima the elimination of the external world means that the world is an illusion. This illusion is the result of intentionality, which is the uneliminable structure of consciousness; by breaking with the deception of intentionality Klima arrives at the concept 'I am God.'
Z. Skorpikova, Filosoficky ustav AV CR, Jilska 1, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
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