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A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

George Berkeley
Edited by Jonathan Dancy

Publication Date - May 1998

ISBN: 9780198751618

248 pages

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In this exceptional work Berkeley makes the striking claim that physical things consist of nothing but ideas and therefore do not exist outside the mind. This claim establishes him as the founder of the idealist tradition in philosophy. The text printed in this volume is the 1734 edition of the Principles, which represents Berkeley's mature thought. Also included are four important letters between George Berkeley and Samuel Johnson, written between 1729 and 1730, an analysis of the Principles, and a glossary.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Introductory Material
    How to Use this Book
    Editor's Introduction
    1. Preamble
    2. Berkeley's Life
    3. The Target (or, What Berkeley didn't Believe)
    4. Berkeley's Metaphysical Picture
    5. What Happens in the Principles?
    6. The Arguments of Principles 1-24
    7. Berkeley's Attack on the Doctrine of Abstract Ideas
    8. Abstract Ideas in the Principles
    9. The Existence of God
    10. Physical Reality
    11. Scepticism
    12. Berkeley and the Progress of Science
    13. The Nature of Spirits
    14. Berkeley's Intellectual Antecedents
    15. The Berkeley-Johnson Correspondence
    The Text Printed in this Edition; Bibliography and Further Reading; Analysis of the Principles
    Part 2: The Texts
    A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
    On the Principles of Human Knowledge Part I
    The Berkeley-Johnson Correspondence
    Johnson to Berkeley, 10 September 1729
    Berkeley to Johnson, 25 November 1729
    Johnson to Berkeley , 5 February 1730
    Berkeley to Johnson , 24 March 1730
    Part 3: Glossary, Notes, and Index
    Notes to the Principles
    Notes to the Berkeley-Johnson Correspondence