The life and ideas of Bishop George Berkeley

North Training Room
Berkeley Library
Wednesday 29 March 2017
17:30 – 18:30
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The Library of Trinity College Dublin together with the School of Philosphy are delighted to present an evening celebrating the life and ideas of Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753), featuring a public lecture by Dr Kenneth Pearce, Ussher Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin.

The lecture will explore the revolutionary philosophical ideas Berkeley developed during his time at Trinity College, his plan for a college in Bermuda (which eventually led to the University of California, Berkeley being named in his honour), his activism on behalf of the Irish poor during his time as Bishop of Cloyne, and (perhaps most importantly) his advocacy for Irish beer.

Speaker biography

Kenneth Pearce received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Southern California in 2014. His dissertation, Language and the Structure of Berkeley’s World, provided the basis for his monograph of the same title, published by Oxford University Press in March 2017. Currently, he is Ussher Assistant Professor in Berkeley Studies (Early Modern Philosophy) in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. His work on early modern philosophy and philosophy of religion has appeared in journals such as Philosophers’ Imprint, Journal of the History of Ideas, History of Philosophy Quarterly, and Religious Studies.

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