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Berkeley : An Interpretation - Kenneth P. Winkler


An Interpretation

Hardcover Published: 6th April 1989
ISBN: 9780198249078
Number Of Pages: 336

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Berkeley (1685-1753) held that matter does not exist, and that the sensations we assume are caused by an indifferent and independent world are instead caused directly by God. Nature has no existence apart from the spirits who transmit and receive it. In this book, the author 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. The author offers new interpretations of Berkeley's views on unperceived objects, corpuscularian science, and our knowledge of God and other minds.

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`This densely argued, scholarly, and detailed analysis of his account of perception and related metaphysical issues is a welcome addition to the literature. ' Choice `The discussion throughout the book is remarkably well-informed. Winkler moves through the Berkeleyan corpus with facility and confidence. ' Times Higher Education Supplement `Winkler provides a careful and historically informed discussion of the major issues germane to Berkeley's immaterialism. This book is clear in style and argumentation. It challenges many of the standard interpretations of Berkeley's philosophy. While one might question several of Winkler's conclusions, his thorough knowledge and careful examinations of the texts challenges any critic to provide a more coherent account. ' Daniel E. Flage, James Madison University, The Review of Metaphysics `There are several striking things about Winkler's book. One is that he does not directly address Berkeley's immaterialism until Chapter 6 ... One is struk too by Winkler's impressive scholarship. He is not only au courant with the issues he discusses, but is fully able to place them in their 17th and 18th century context. ' Teaching Philosophy

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: 9780198249078
ISBN-10: 0198249071
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 6th April 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.48 x 14.4  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.56