George Berkeley

George Berkeley - George Berkeley (1685 1753) 1 George...

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George Berkeley (1685 – 1753) 1 George Berkeley , the Bishop of Cloyne, was an 18 th century Irish philosopher and contemporary of John Locke. Berkeley was born near Kilkenny, Ireland and attended Trinity College in Dublin where the modern curriculum, dealing with 17 th century scientists and philosophers such as Rene Descartes and Isaac Newton, would lay the foundation for his philosophical ideas. 2 Berkeley is most well-known for his theory called “immaterialism”, which is the idea that there are no material objects, only minds and what exists, or ideas, in the mind. His motto, “to be is to be perceived”, summarizes this theory. 3 Berkeley is considered one of the most famous British Empiricists, along with John Locke and David Hume. In 1709 Berkeley published an important empirical work entitled An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision . 4 This essay is a prime example of Berkeley’s empiricism. His thoughts on depth perception:
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