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A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (Dover Philosophical Classics)
     

A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (Dover Philosophical Classics)

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by George Berkeley, Thomas J. McCormack (Editor)
 

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If a tree falls in the forest and no one is present to hear it, does it make a sound? It does not, according to George Berkeley. Originally published in 1710, this landmark of Western philosophy introduced a revolutionary concept: immaterialism, which asserts that to be is to perceive or be perceived.
An Irish clergyman who spent his entire philosophical

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If a tree falls in the forest and no one is present to hear it, does it make a sound? It does not, according to George Berkeley. Originally published in 1710, this landmark of Western philosophy introduced a revolutionary concept: immaterialism, which asserts that to be is to perceive or be perceived.
An Irish clergyman who spent his entire philosophical career as a churchman, Berkeley linked his investigations to his religious interests. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge opens with an assault on Locke’s theory of abstract ideas and proceeds with arguments that sensible qualities exist only when perceived as ideas. Physical objects, he claims, are no more than collections of qualities, and these sensible objects, too, are merely ideas. Berkeley relates his position to the achievements of eighteenth-century science, and proclaims the compatibility of immaterialism with traditional religion.
The fullest expression of Berkeley’s doctrine of immaterialism, this classic work influenced British philosophers from David Hume to Bertrand Russell and the other logical positivists. It is essential reading for all students of philosophy.

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ISBN-13:
9780486432533
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
11/17/2003
Series:
Dover Philosophical Classics Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.32(d)

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A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting book of philosophy. Well-worth reading.