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Berkeley on Action

  • A. D. Woozley (a1)

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At the risk of proving myself such a caviller, I want to ask a question which I have seldom heard raised, and which I have never seen discussed in anything that I have read about Berkeley. If I am right, it poses a problem for his immaterialism, not only different, but coming from a different direction, from those objections that are commonly levelled against him. If I am wrong, it will show how right Berkeley was to stress the difficulty of using for one purpose our language which has become fashioned for another. At least, I hope that I shall not fail to be the ‘fair and ingenuous reader’for whom he asked.

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1 The Works of George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne, Luce, A. A. and Jessop, T. E. (eds) (London: Nelson, 194857). All references will be given to this edition, where necessary by the page number of the appropriate volume, e.g. First Dialogue, 196. References to Philosophical Commentaries, in Vol. 1 of that edition, will be by entries, following Luce's enumeration.

2 Second Dialogue, 217.

3 Principles 113.

4 n. 2 above.

5 Third Dialogue, 240.

6 Principles 28.

7 Principles 31.(emphasis added)

8 Principles 142.

9 First Dialogue, 196–197.

10 Second Dialogue, 217–219.

11 Ibid.., 217.

12 Ibid.., 218.

13 Principles 29.

14 De Motu 6–18, 39; Alciphron 7 esp. 6–8.

15 Principles 142.

16 Principles 27, 89, etc.

17 Third Dialogue, 232.

18 Principles 89.

19 De Motu 21.

20 Cf. Principles 107.

21 Cf. Principles 44, New Theory of Vision 147.

22 Recherche de la Verite VI. ii. 3.

23 Philosophical Commentaries 548.

24 Third Dialogue, 237.

25 Alciphron 4.5.

26 Philosophical Commentaries 107.

27 Philosophical Commentaries 166.

28 Philosophical Commentaries 598, cf. 145a.

29 Principles 28.

30 Philosophical Commentaries 707.

31 Principles 33.

32 Third Dialogue, 235.

33 Principles 147.

34 Oliver Wendell, Holmes, Jr, The Common Law (Boston: Little, Brown, 1881), 91.

35 Principle 145.

36 Principles 107.

37 Principles 32.

38 Principles 65.

39 Second Dialogue, 217.

40 Philosophical Commentaries 850.

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