Berkeley’s Argument for Idealism
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 | 18:15 | Trinity Long Room Hub
Abstract: In A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous (1713), George Berkeley argues for idealism, the view that the physical world is nothing but a collection of ideas or sensations. This was a shocking thesis, even for its time.
Many scholars have tried to reconstruct Berkeley’s argument for idealism, with, in the view of Prof Rickless, only partial success. In this talk, he explains exactly why Berkeley thinks that the physical world, though perfectly real, exists only in minds.
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