Before we can defend idealism, we must define it. To that end, I would like to draw up a number of theses which can perhaps be tied together at some later time. While I hope for all of them to be useful in some way, I cannot guarantee that they will all be necessary for defining idealism. We shall have to wait and see where they lead.
Therefore I offer up the first thesis:
(1.1) Our conception of the material world affords a model of experience.