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Berkeley : An Interpretation - Kenneth P. Winkler


An Interpretation

Paperback Published: 10th March 1994
ISBN: 9780198235095
Number Of Pages: 208

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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 the sensations 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 other minds.

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`This book is clear in style and argumentation. It challenges many of the standard interpretations of Berkeley's philosophy ... [Winkler's] thorough knowledge and careful examinations of the texts challenges any critic to provide a more coherent account.' Review of Metaphysics `Its arguments are cogent and its style clear and readable ... [Winkler's] book is one which all students of Berkeley should read.' Philosophical Books

Bibliographical Notep. xiii
Words And Ideasp. 1
Two kinds of signsp. 1
Ideas as objectsp. 3
Ideas as imagesp. 10
Representation and significationp. 14
Abstract Ideasp. 22
The argumentp. 28
Objections and repliesp. 35
Abstract ideas as imagesp. 43
Abstract ideas as objectsp. 46
Does Berkeley blunder in reading Locke?p. 49
Simple Ideasp. 53
The search for a simple ideap. 55
Simplicity and abstractionp. 65
Consequencesp. 73
Necessityp. 76
Simple and complex ideasp. 80
Demonstration, necessity, and certaintyp. 82
An anachronistic hypothesis?p. 98
Berkeley's responsep. 100
Conclusionp. 102
Cause And Effectp. 104
Berkeley on the causal relationp. 106
Necessary connectionp. 117
The account defendedp. 129
Immaterialismp. 137
The argument of Principles 4p. 137
Immediate perceptionp. 149
A commentary on the First Dialoguep. 161
The argument of Principles 3p. 175
Against matterp. 178
The master argumentp. 183
Materialism and abstractionp. 188
Berkeley's phenomenalismp. 191
Unperceived Objectsp. 204
Two interpretationsp. 205
The denial of blind agencyp. 207
Unperceived objectsp. 216
Two objectionsp. 224
Archetypesp. 228
Archetypes in Sirisp. 232
Mabbott's objections to divine ideasp. 234
Conclusionp. 236
Corpuscularianismp. 238
The corpuscularian backgroundp. 238
Primary and secondary qualitiesp. 255
Immaterial corpusclesp. 263
Spiritp. 276
The parity objectionp. 278
An alleged incoherencep. 290
The mind and its actsp. 309
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780198235095
ISBN-10: 0198235097
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 10th March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.37 x 20.37  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.43