Berkeley's 'Principles of Human Knowledge'

Berkeley's 'Principles of Human Knowledge' : A Reader's Guide

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This titel offers an introduction to Berkeley's seminal text, a key text in the history of philosophy that is very widely studied at undergraduate level."Berkeley's Principles of Human Knowledge" is a key text in the history of British Empiricism and 18th - century thought. As a free-standing systematic exposition of Berkeley's ideas, this is a hugely important and influential text, central to any undergraduate's study of the history of philosophy.In "Berkeley's 'Principles of Human Knowledge': A Reader's Guide", Alasdair Richmond provides a clear and accessible introduction to Berkeley's seminal text, offering guidance on: philosophical and historical context; key themes; reading the text; and, reception and influence and further reading."Continuum Reader's Guides" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy. Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 17.78mm | 272.16g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847060293
  • 9781847060297
  • 1,932,021

Table of contents

Preface; Note on the Text of the Principles; Abbreviations; 1. Context; i. Biography; ii. Berkeley's Philosophical Background; 2. Overview of Themes; 3. Reading the Text; The Principles - Introduction (1-25); The Principles - Part One (1-156); The Objects and Subject of Knowledge: Ideas and Spirit (1-3); Unperceived Existence: "a nicer strain of abstraction" (4-7); Problems for Materialism (8-17); A Cartesian 'Dream' Argument (18-21); The 'Master Argument' (22-24); From the Inertness of Ideas to the Existence of God (25-33); Philosophical Objections to Immaterialism, and Replies (34-81); Religious Objections to Immaterialism and Replies (82-4) Further; Advantages of Immaterialism (85-100); "Two great provinces of speculative science" (101-107) The Attack on Absolute Space (108-17); Mathematics (118-34); Other Minds (135-47); The Divine Language of Nature (148-156) 4); Reception and Influence; 5) Guide to Further Reading; Index; Notes.
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"Richmond's Reader's Guide is the perfect companion for those students approaching Berkeley's Principles of Human Knowledge for the first time. In a clear, unpretentious and often unobtrusively witty style, Richmond takes the reader through the work paragraph by paragraph, explaining its meaning, often by appeal to Berkeley's notebooks and other works. He asks the reader stimulating questions to help them engage with the text, and usefully sketches Berkeley's intellectual background and the fortunes of the work's reception. This is a book truly written with students in mind, and all the better for that." - Dr Peter Kail, University of Oxford, UK
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About Dr Alasdair Richmond

Alasdair Richmond is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
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