The Works of George Berkeley: Volume 1

J. F. Dove
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The eighteenth century Irish philosopher George Berkeley is best known for his empiricist and idealist philosophy, which argues that reality consists only of minds and their ideas. He is also known for his critique of abstraction, an important premise in his argument for immaterialism. His chief philosophical work, ‘A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge’ (1710), largely seeks to refute the claims made by Berkeley's contemporary John Locke about the nature of human perception. This eBook presents Berkeley’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Berkeley’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the major works

* All of the treatises, with individual contents tables

* Features rare works appearing for the first time in digital publishing, including ‘Siris’ and ‘The Theory of Vision’

* Rare translations of Berkeley’s two Latin works: ‘Arithmetica’ and ‘Miscellanea Mathematica’, available for the first time in digital print

* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Berkeley’s contribution to philosophy

* Features two bonus biographies – discover Berkeley’s intriguing life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and genres


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CONTENTS:


The Books

Arithmetica (1707)

Miscellanea Mathematica (1707)

Common-Place Book (1709)

An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision (1709)

A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710)

A Discourse on Passive Obedience (1712)

Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713)

An Essay towards Preventing the Ruin of Great Britain (1721)

De Motu (1721)

A Proposal for Better Supplying Churches in our Foreign Plantations (1725)

A Sermon Preached before the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (1732)

Alciphron (1732)

The Theory of Vision (1733)

The Analyst (1734)

A Defence of Free-thinking in Mathematics (1735)

Reasons for Not Replying to Mr. Walton’s Full Answer (1735)

The Querist (1737)

A Discourse addressed to Magistrates and Men of Authority (1736)

Siris (1744)

A Word to the Wise (1749)

Farther Thoughts on Tar-Water (1752)

Miscellaneous Works


The Criticism

Extract from ‘A Treatise of Human Nature’ by David Hume

Berkeley by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Extract from ‘The World as Will and Idea’ by Arthur Schopenhauer

Extract from ‘The Principles of Psychology’ by William James


The Biographies

George Berkeley by A. Campbell Fraser

George Berkeley by Robert Adamson


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What I here make public has, after a long and scrupulous inquiry, seemed to me evidently true and not unuseful to be known--particularly to those who are tainted with Scepticism, or want a demonstration of the existence and immateriality of God, or the natural immortality of the soul. Whether it be so or no I am content the reader should impartially examine; since I do not think myself any farther concerned for the success of what I have written than as it is agreeable to truth. But, to the end this may not suffer, I make it my request that the reader suspend his judgment till he has once at least read the whole through with that degree of attention and thought which the subject-matter shall seem to deserve. For, as there are some passages that, taken by themselves, are very liable (nor could it be remedied) to gross misinterpretation, and to be charged with most absurd consequences, which, nevertheless, upon an entire perusal will appear not to follow from them; so likewise, though the whole should be read over, yet, if this be done transiently, it is very probable my sense may be mistaken; but to a thinking reader, I flatter myself it will be throughout clear and obvious. As for the characters of novelty and singularity which some of the following notions may seem to bear, it is, I hope, needless to make any apology on that account. He must surely be either very weak, or very little acquainted with the sciences, who shall reject a truth that is capable of demonstration, for no other reason but because it is newly known, and contrary to the prejudices of mankind. Thus much I thought fit to premise, in order to prevent, if possible, the hasty censures of a sort of men who are too apt to condemn an opinion before they rightly comprehend it.
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