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Berkeley : an interpretation

Author: Kenneth Winkler; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©1989.
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George Berkeley is famous for his metaphysical doctrine that matter does not exist; that the sensations we take to be caused by an independent external world are instead caused by God. Winkler offers an interpretation and assessment of the arguments Berkeley gives in defence of this doctrine, and places it in the context of his thought as a whole.
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Winkler, Kenneth, 1950-
Berkeley.
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©1989
(DLC) 88025116
Named Person: George Berkeley; George Berkeley
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Winkler; Oxford University Press.
OCLC Number: 252537574
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 317 pages)
Contents: Part 1 Words and ideas: two kinds of signs; ideas as objects; ideas as images; representation and signification. Part 2 Abstract ideas: the argument; objections and replies; abstract ideas as images; abstract ideas as objects; does Berkeley blunder in reading Locke? Part 3 Simple ideas: the search for a simple idea; simplicity and abstraction; consequences. Part 4 Necessity: simple and complex ideas; demonstration, necessity and certainty; an anachronistic hypothesis?; Berkeley's response. Part 5 Cause and effect: Berkeley on the causal relation; necessary connection; the account defended. Part 6 Immaterialism: the argument of "Principles 4"; immediate perception; a commentary on the first dialogue; the argument of "Principles 3"; against matter; the master argument; materialism and abstraction; Berkeley's phenomenalism. Part 7 Unperceived objects: two interpretations; the denial of blind agency; two objections; archetypes; archetypes in "Siris"; Mabbott's objections to divine ideas. Part 8 Corpuscularianism: the corpuscularian background; primary and secondary qualities; immaterial corpuscles. Part 9 Spirit: the parity objection; an alleged incoherence; the mind and its acts.
Responsibility: Kenneth P. Winkler.

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There are several striking things about Winkler's book. One is that he does not directly address Berkeley's immaterialism until Chapter 6 ... One is struk too by Winkler's impressive scholarship. Read more...

 
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