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Published: 18 May 2007

200 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195313932

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A Metaphysics for the Mob

The Philosophy of George Berkeley

John Russell Roberts

Contrary to popular opinion, there is a clear connection between Berkeley's philosophy and common sense. This connection, however, runs through that most maligned aspect of Berkeley's work, his view of spirits. To understand the former we must understand the latter. To this end, Roberts focuses on laying bare the core aspects of Berkeley's positive metaphysics i.e., his views on the nature of existence, the active/passive distinction, and the divine language thesis. What emerges is not only a coherent account of spirits but a surprisingly powerful philosophical position built upon the core commitments of mainstream theism.


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