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Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World
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Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World

Kenneth L. Pearce


According to George Berkeley, there is fundamentally nothing in the world but minds and their ideas. Ideas are understood as pure phenomenal ‘feels’ which are momentarily had by a single perceiver, then vanish. Surprisingly, Berkeley tries to sell this idealistic philosophical system as a defense of common sense and an aid to science. However, both common sense and Newtonian science take the perceived world to be highly structured in a way that Berkeley’s system does not appear to allow. This book argues that Berkeley’s solution to this problem lies in his innovative philosophy of language. Th ... More

Keywords: George Berkeley, philosophy of language, metaphysics, structure, physical objects, common sense

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790334
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth L. Pearce, author
Trinity College, Dublin