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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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The Scope of Berkeley’s Idealism in the 1734 Edition of the Three Dialogues

The Scope of Berkeley’s Idealism in the 1734 Edition of the Three Dialogues

(p.160) 11 The Scope of Berkeley’s Idealism in the 1734 Edition of the Three Dialogues
Berkeley's Three Dialogues

Stefan Storrie

Oxford University Press

Berkeley expresses his idealism in a number of different ways, ranging from the more modest claim that sensible things are nothing but ideas, to the more ambitious claim that the only things that exist at all are minds and ideas. This paper traces Berkeley’s attempts to move from the former to the latter claim. The central thesis will be that in the 1734 editions Berkeley shifts his approach to the question of what kinds of things exist, from an intuitive semantic approach towards a method of proof that is in line with the experimental scientific method. Berkeley’s treatment of absolute space will be used as a case study to confirm this development.

Keywords:   Berkeley, Newton, idealism, immaterialism, Principles of Human Knowledge, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, absolute space

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