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The Other Bishop Berkeley: An Exercise in Reenchantment / Edition 2

The Other Bishop Berkeley: An Exercise in Reenchantment / Edition 2

by Costica Bradatan


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Costica Bradatan proposes a new way of looking at the influential 18th-century Anglo-Irish empiricist and idealist philosopher. He approaches Berkeley's thought from the standpoint of its roots, rather than from how it has come to be viewed since his time. This book will interest scholars working in a wide variety of fields, from philosophy and the history of ideas to comparative literature, utopian studies, religious and medieval studies, and critical theory.

This other Berkeley read and wrote alchemical books, daydreamed of "Happy Islands" and the "Earthly Paradise" and depicted them carefully, designed utopian projects and spent years trying to put them into practice. Bradatan discovers a thinker deeply rooted in Platonic, mystical, and sometimes esoteric traditions, who saw salvation as philosophy and practiced philosophy as a way of life. This book uncovers a richer Berkeley, a more profound and spectacular one, and, it is hoped, a more truthful one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823226931
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2007
Edition description: 2
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Costica Bradatan teaches philosophy at Texas Tech University and is Senior Editor of Janus Head: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts.

Table of Contents

Acknowlegdments     ix
Introduction     1
George Berkeley and the Platonic Tradition     18
Philosophy as Palimpsest: Archetypal Knowledge in Siris     40
George Berkeley and the Liber Mundi Tradition     57
George Berkeley and the Alchemical Tradition     87
Philosophy as Apologetics     116
George Berkeley's "Bermuda Project"     146
George Berkeley and Catharism     173
Conclusion     193
Notes     197
References     211
Index     223

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