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Berkeley: An Interpretation

Kenneth P. Winkler


This book is an interpretation of Berkeley's immaterialism or ‘idealism’: an exposition of his arguments, an assessment of their significance, and an explanation (inevitably partial) of their content and form. In the first five chapters, I explore a range of themes that seem, on the surface, to be distant from Berkeley's denial of matter or material substance: his account of intentionality; his attack on abstract ideas; his repudiation of simple ideas; his affirmation of objective necessity; and his appeal to intelligibility in understanding cause and effect relations. In Ch. 6, I show how Ber ... More

Keywords: Berkeley, causation, corpuscularianism, History of philosophy, idealism, ideas, immaterialism, intelligible, intentionality, matter, mind, necessity, perception, substance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198235095
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198235097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth P. Winkler, author
Wellesley College, Massachusetts

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