Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Berkeley and the Principles of Human Knowledge

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Berkeley and the Principles of Human Knowledge

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Berkeley and the Principles of Human Knowledge

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Berkeley and the Principles of Human Knowledge

Synopsis

George Berkeley is one of the most prominent philosophers of the eighteenth century. His Principles of Human Knowledge has become a focal point in the understanding of empiricist thought and the development of eighteenth century philosophy.This volume introduces and assesses:* Berkeley's life and the background to the Principles * The ideas and text in the Principles * Berkeley's continuing importance to philosophy.

Excerpt

This work had its origin in a graduate seminar the author taught in 1993 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The seminar was to begin with an examination of George Berkeley's Principles of Human Knowledge as background for a close reading of Book I of David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature. As it turned out, the reading of the Principles captured the interests of the seminar, and Hume's Treatise was barely touched upon. This was due to the insistence of a group of superb students on getting to the very bottom of Berkeley's thought. Without their inspiration, it would never have occurred to me to write a work on Berkeley's idealism. I owe them a great debt of thanks.

Dartmouth College has supported my research through sabbaticals, a senior faculty fellowship, and research funds associated with the Sherman Fairchild Professorship in the Humanities.

I am also indebted to Tony Bruce, Tim Crane, Jonathan Wolff and Muna Khogali, who supported this work for publication by Routledge. I owe a great deal to lan Tipton and an anonymous reviewer for their extensive and thoughtful comments on the original manuscript. Once more I must thank Jane Taylor and Florence Fogelin for their editorial help that has saved me from, among other things, solecism, pleonasm, oxymoron, zeugma, and catachresis.

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