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    Copenhaver, Rebecca 2014. Berkeley on the Language of Nature and the Objects of Vision. Res Philosophica, Vol. 91, Issue. 1, p. 29.


The semantics of sense perception in Berkeley

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George Berkeley's linguistic account of sense perception is one of the most central tenets of his philosophy. It is intended as a solution to a wide range of critical issues in both metaphysics and theology. However, it is not clear from Berkeley's writings just how this ‘universal language of the Author of Nature’ is to be interpreted. This paper discusses the nature of the theory of sense perception as language, together with its metaphysical and theological motivations, then proceeds to develop an account of the semantics of the perceptual language, using Berkeley's theory of reference for human language as a guide.

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Walter E. Creery in his ‘Berkeley's argument for a divine visual language’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 3 (1972), 217218

James P. Danaher Is Berkeley's world a divine language?’, Modern Theology, 18 (2002), 371.

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