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Berkeley's Idealism: A Critical Examination

Georges Dicker

Abstract

In his two most important works, the Principles of Human Knowledge and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Berkeley argues, against the prevailing Cartesian-Lockean worldview, that there is no such thing as matter, that only minds and ideas exist, and that physical things are nothing but collections of ideas. In defense of this idealism, he advances a battery of challenging arguments, and he puts forward an alternative world‐view that purports to refute both skepticism and atheism. This book expounds and critically examines both the destructive and the constructive sides of Berkeley's ... More

Keywords: modern philosophy, Berkeley, Berkeley commentators, intersubjectivity, continuity, causation, God, direct arguments, indirect arguments, idealism, mind, problem of perception, primary qualities, secondary qualities, modern philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195381467
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381467.001.0001

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Georges Dicker, author
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