Berkeleys World: An Examination of the Three Dialogues

Paperback | October 3, 2002

byTom Stoneham

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Tom Stoneham offers a clear and detailed study of Berkeley's metaphysics and epistemology, as presented in his classic work Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, originally published in 1713 and still widely studied today. Stoneham writes for advanced undergraduates, graduate students,and academics in philosophy who are not specialists in the early modern period, and shows that Berkeley is an important and systematic philosopher whose work is still of relevance to philosophers today. Discussion of secondary literature is kept to a minimum (there are no footnotes!) and theinterpretation defended shows his arguments as having greater strength and his views as having more plausibility than is usually recognized. Part 1 is a general overview. In Part 2, Berkeley is shown to be a direct realist about perception of the physical world who denies that the objects of eitherperception or of scientific theory are material. In Part 3, Berkeley's positive views on substance, causation, action, free will, universals, concepts, identity, and persistence are also considered. While Berkeley's immaterialism is criticized, its weaknesses are shown to lie in the details ratherthan in the big picture, which is no more implausible or unattractive than the materialist alternative.

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Tom Stoneham offers a clear and detailed study of Berkeley's metaphysics and epistemology, as presented in his classic work Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, originally published in 1713 and still widely studied today. Stoneham writes for advanced undergraduates, graduate students,and academics in philosophy who are not spec...

Tom Stoneham is a Lecturer in Philosophy, University of York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.7 inPublished:October 3, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Historical Introduction2. Berkeley's WorldAppendix: A Quick Reference Guide to the Three Dialogues3. The SensibleAppendix: Perception and Acquaintance4. The Problem of MatterAppendix: On The So-Called Master Argument5. God: Causation and DependenceAppendix: Official vs. Real Arguments6. Action, Other Minds and the SelfAppendix: Did Berkeley Hold a Volitionary Theory of Action?7. Properties and Predicates8. Objects and Identity9. ConclusionBibliographyIndex