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Berkeley: Philosophical Writings

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy

  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521707626

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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.

    • Provides all the texts required for an in-depth study of Berkeley
    • Guides students through the intellectual context in which Berkeley wrote
    • Helps students to extend their reading and link Berkeley with contemporary issues in philosophy
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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521707626
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • British Empiricism
    • British Empiricists
    • Central Topics in Early Modern Philosophy
    • History of Early Modern Philosophy
    • History of Thought
    • Modern Philosophy
    • Selected Topics: Irish Philosophy
    • Seminar: Berkeley and Hume
    • The Ghost in the Machine
  • Author

    Desmond M. Clarke
    Desmond M. Clarke is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at University College Cork.

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