Philosophy 306

Eighteenth Century Philosophy

George Berkeley

 

Limericks by Ronald Knox: 

There was a young man who said, "God 
Must think it exceedingly odd 
If he finds that this tree 
Continues to be 
When there's no one about in the Quad." 

God's Reply: 

Dear Sir, Your astonishment's odd: 
I am always about in the quad 
And that's why the tree 
Will continue to be, 
Since observed by 
       Yours faithfully, God.

LINKS:

My outline of the initial set of arguments of the Principles 

My outline of the broader argument of the Principles 

A short biography of Berkeley 

A TREATISE CONCERNING THE PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE 
Complete text (2nd edition, 1734)

Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous 
Complete text 

Loads of links to pages about George Berkeley 

Lecture Notes on Berkeley at UC Davis

 

 

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