Berkeley: Philosophical Writings

ISBN-10: 0521707625

ISBN-13: 9780521707626

Edition: 2009

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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 offers 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.
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/22/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Chronology
Further reading
Note on the texts
An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision
A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
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
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