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Berkeley: Philosophical Writings
     

Berkeley: Philosophical Writings

by Desmond M. Clarke, George Berkeley
 

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ISBN-10: 0521881358

ISBN-13: 9780521881357

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

George Berkeley (1685-1753) was a university teacher, a missionary, and later a Church of Ireland bishop. The over-riding objective of his long philosophical career was to counteract objections to religious belief that resulted from new philosophies associated with the Scientific Revolution. Accordingly, he argued against scepticism and atheism in the Principles

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George Berkeley (1685-1753) was a university teacher, a missionary, and later a Church of Ireland bishop. The over-riding objective of his long philosophical career was to counteract objections to religious belief that resulted from new philosophies associated with the Scientific Revolution. Accordingly, he argued against scepticism and atheism in the Principles and the Three Dialogues; he rejected theories of force in the Essay on Motion; he offered a new theory of meaning for religious language in Alciphron; and he modified his earlier immaterialism in Siris by speculating about the body's influence on the soul. His radical empiricism and scientific instrumentalism, which rejected the claims of the sciences to provide a realistic interpretation of phenomena, are still influential today. This edition provides texts from the full range of Berkeley's contributions to philosophy, together with an introduction by Desmond M. Clarke that sets them in their historical and philosophical contexts.

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ISBN-13:
9780521881357
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chronology; Further reading; Note on the texts; A New Theory of Vision; A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (Part I); Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous; An Essay on Motion; Alciphron, or The Minute Philosopher [excerpts]; Siris: A Chain of Philosophical Reflexions and Inquiries Concerning the Virtues of Tar-Water [excerpts]; Glossary; Index.

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