Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous

ISBN-10: 0198751494

ISBN-13: 9780198751496

Edition: 1998

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The Oxford Philosophical Texts series consists of authoritative teaching editions of canonical texts in the history of philosophy from the ancient world down to modern times. Each volume provides a clear, well laid out text together with a comprehensive introduction by a leading specialist, giving the student detailed critical guidance on the intellectual context of the work and the structure and philosophical importance of the main arguments. Endnotes are supplied which provide further commentary on the arguments and explain unfamiliar references and terminology, and a full bibliography and index are also included. The series aims to build up a definitive corpus of key texts in the Western philosophical tradition, which will form a reliable and enduring resource for students and teachers alike. The Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713) were designed as a vivid and accessible presentation of the remarkable picture of reality that Berkeley had first presented three years earlier, in his Principles of Human Knowledge. His striking claim there, as here, was that physical things consist of nothing but ideas in minds. Berkeley uses this thesis as the ground for a new argument for the existence of God, and the dialogue form enables him to raise and respond to many of the natural objections to his position. The text printed in this volume is that of the 1734 edition of the Dialogues, generally agreed to represent Berkeley's mature thought. It is supplemented by a comprehensive introduction which looks in detail at the structure and main arguments of the work and the relationship between the Dialogues and the Principles, and also discusses Berkeley's life, influences, and general philosophy. In addition the volume includes an analysis of the text, a glossary, detailed endnotes, and a full bibliography with guidance on further reading. Published alongside the Principles (also edited by Jonathan Dancy), this new edition of Berkeley's most engaging text provides the student with a thorough introduction to the central ideas of one of the worlds greatest philosophers.
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Book details

List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Born and reared in Ireland, George Berkeley studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and then taught as a fellow there, eventually becoming Dean of Derry (1724) and Bishop of Cloyne (1734) in the Irish branch of the Anglican church. His primary philosophical interests included metaphysics and epistemology, the psychology of perception, philosophy of science, and natural theology. But he is best known for his defense of metaphysical idealism and denial of the existence of matter. Berkeley's best-known writings were produced relatively early in his life, between the ages of 24 and 28: They included Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision (1709), Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710), and Three Dialogues (1713). In 1728 Berkeley made a voyage to the United States in an unsuccessful attempt to found a college in Bermuda. He lived for two years at Newport, Rhode Island, and had a significant influence on American education, chiefly through his association with and donation of books to Yale University and his correspondence with Samuel Johnson, the first president of what is now Columbia University.

Introductory Material
How to Use this Book
Editor's Introduction
Why read the Dialogues?
Berkeley's Life
Synopsis of the Dialogues
Berkeley's Metaphysical System
The Main Arguments
Berkeley's Philosophical Purposes
Berkeley's Intellectual Antecedents
Special Topics: Pyrrhonism
Substance
Science
The Relation between the Dialogues and the Principles
The Text Printed in this Edition
Bibliography and Further Reading
Analysis of the Dialogues
The Text
Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
Preface
Dialogue I
Dialogue II
Dialogue III
Glossary, Notes, and Index
Glossary
Notes to the Dialogues
Index
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