Berkeley: An Interpretation

Paperback | March 1, 1991

byKenneth P. Winkler

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David Hume wrote that Berkeley's arguments `admit of no answer but produce no conviction'. This book aims at the kind of understanding of Berkeley's philosophy that comes from seeing how we ourselves might be brought to embrace it. Berkeley held that matter does not exist, and that thesensations we take to be caused by an indifferent and independent world are instead caused directly by God. Nature becomes a text, with no existence apart from the spirits who transmit and receive it. Kenneth P. Winkler presents these conclusions as natural (though by no means inevitable)consequences of Berkeley's reflections on such topics as representation, abstraction, necessary truth, and cause and effect. In the closing chapters Proefssor Winkler offers new interpretations of Berkeley's view on unperceived objects, corpuscularian science, and our knowledge of God and otherminds.

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Aims at the kind of understanding of Berkely's philosophy that comes from seeing how we ourselves might be brought to embrace it. Berkeley held that matter does not exist, and that the sensations we take to be caused by an indifferent and independent world are instead caused directly by God.

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David Hume wrote that Berkeley's arguments `admit of no answer but produce no conviction'. This book aims at the kind of understanding of Berkeley's philosophy that comes from seeing how we ourselves might be brought to embrace it. Berkeley held that matter does not exist, and that thesensations we take to be caused by an indifferent a...

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Aims at the kind of understanding of Berkely's philosophy that comes from seeing how we ourselves might be brought to embrace it. Berkeley held that matter does not exist, and that the sensations we take to be caused by an indifferent and independent world are instead caused directly by God.

Kenneth P. Winkler is at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:March 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Aims at the kind of understanding of Berkely's philosophy that comes from seeing how we ourselves might be brought to embrace it. Berkeley held that matter does not exist, and that the sensations we take to be caused by an indifferent and independent world are instead caused directly by God.

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`Its arguments are cogent and its style clear and readable ... [Winkler's] book is one which all students of Berkeley should read.'Philosophical Books