Principles of Human Knowledge and Three Dialogues

Principles of Human Knowledge and Three Dialogues

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One of the greatest British philosophers, Bishop Berkeley (1685-1753) was the founder of the influential doctrine of Immaterialism - the belief that there is no reality outside the mind, and that the existence of material objects depends upon their being perceived. The Principles of Human Knowledge eloquently outlines this philosophical concept, and argues forcefully that the world consists purely of finite minds and ideas, and of an infinite spirit, God. A denial of all non-spiritual reality, Berkeley's theory was at first heavily criticized by his contemporaries, who feared its ideas would lead to scepticism and atheism. The Three Dialogues provide a powerful response to these fears.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 179g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140432930
  • 9780140432930
  • 233,887

Table of contents

Principles of Human Knowledge/Three Dialogues
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Textual Note
Principles of Human Knowledge
Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
First Dialogue
Second Dialogue
Third Dialogue
Select Bibliography
Bibliography of Further Reading
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Whether viewed as extreme skepticism or enlightened common sense, the writings of Berkeley are a...
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About George Berkeley

Bishop Berkeley (1685-1753) was one of the greatest British philosophers.

Roger Woolhouse Roger Woolhouse is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at York University. He has written extensively about philosophy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - mainly focusing on metaphysics and the philosophy of science. He is currently working on Leibniz and on Spinoza.
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