The Illusory Nature of the So-Called Objective World


  • Aleksandar Vuc Nikolic
  • Simon Glynn


human perception, mind, reality, real world


This paper investigates the human perception of the world around us and the way we perceive
and experience it. Driven by curiosity about the “real world,” and if it truly exists, our senses
as a way of interpreting the real world are explored. I also analyze theories about this topic presented
by Rene Descartes and British empiricists: John Locke, David Hume and Bishop Berkeley, while
ultimately disproving certain aspects of them. In this quest of exploring reality, ideas like the mind,
primary and secondary qualities and subjective sense experiences are addressed. I ultimately argue
that there is no way of knowing if the real world exists, because we can only know what we experience.
Furthermore, if the real world did exist, it would by definition not be as it appears to us, because our
senses can only interpret the real world-not perceive it as it truly is.