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Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0486432533

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ISBN13: 978-0486432533
ISBN10: 048643253X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Published: 2003
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Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0486432533

George Berkeley and Thomas J. McCormack

ISBN13: 978-0486432533
ISBN10: 048643253X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is present to hear it, does it make a sound? It does not, according to George Berkeley. Originally published in 1710, this landmark of Western philosophy introduced a revolutionary concept: immaterialism, which asserts that to be is to perceive or be perceived. The treatise opens with an assault on Locke's theory of abstract ideas and proceeds with arguments that sensible qualities exist only when perceived as ideas. Physical objects, he claims, are no more than collections of qualities, and these sensible objects, too, are merely ideas. Berkeley relates his position to the achievements of eighteenth-century science, and proclaims the compatibility of immaterialism with traditional religion.

Table of Contents

1. Preamble
2. Berkeley's Life
3. The Target (or, What Berkeley didn't Believe)
4. Berkeley's Metaphysical Picture
5. What Happens in the Principles?
6. The Arguments of Principles [actual symbol not reproducible]
7. Berkeley's Attack on the Doctrine of Abstract Ideas
8. Abstract Ideas in the Principles
9. The Existence of God
10. Physical Reality
11. Scepticism
12. Berkeley and the Progress of Science
13. The Nature of Spirits
14. Berkeley's Intellectual Antecedents
15. The Berkeley-Johnson Correspondence
The Text Printed in this Edition
Bibliography and Further Reading
Analysis of the Principles
A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
The Berkeley-Johnson Correspondence
Glossary
Notes to the Principles
Notes to the Berkeley-Johnson Correspondence
Index

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