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Stefan Storrie

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198755685.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Berkeley's Three Dialogues
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Stefan Storrie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198755685.003.0001

This chapter considers developments in estimation of the philosophical value of the Three Dialogues over the last 100 years. It examines the view, presented in the early and mid-twentieth century, that the Three Dialogues is nothing more than a popular recasting of the Principles of Human Knowledge. It is argued that the stylistic and philosophically substantial reasons for holding such a view are highly questionable and that the emerging view, that the Three Dialogues is a more mature work where Berkeley develops his views after three years of additional exposure to criticism and further contemplation on his philosophical position, is a more accurate description of the work. It ends with a summary of the structure of the Three Dialogues and how the papers in this volume address the issues raised in that work.

Keywords:   Principles of Human Knowledge, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Luce, Jessop, dialogue

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