A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge George Berkeley was an Irish Philosopher who is best known for putting forward the idea of subjective idealism A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge is one of Berkeley s best known w

  • Title: A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
  • Author: George Berkeley
  • ISBN: 9781420926989
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • George Berkeley was an Irish Philosopher who is best known for putting forward the idea of subjective idealism A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge is one of Berkeley s best known works and in it Berkeley expounds upon this idea of subjective idealism, which in other words is the idea that all of reality, as far as humans are concerned, is simply a coGeorge Berkeley was an Irish Philosopher who is best known for putting forward the idea of subjective idealism A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge is one of Berkeley s best known works and in it Berkeley expounds upon this idea of subjective idealism, which in other words is the idea that all of reality, as far as humans are concerned, is simply a construct of the way our brains perceive and according to Berkeley no other sense of reality matters beyond that which we perceive.

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    1. Deep end of the pool here! I know I missed much of what Berkeley was trying to saybut his ideas sound like a combination of Zen koans and quantum mechanics - there is an observer who observes everything at all times - it is that continuous observation that lets us (as individuals) observe what we think we are observing (!) (?) Help me, Dr. Sheldon Cooper! You're my only hope!

    2. This work is an incredibly in-depth look at idealism. I would say it even rivals and perhaps surpasses the works of Descartes to some degree, though it seems to borrow considerably from that foundation. With that being said, I believe it pales in comparison, with regard to enlightenment, but still a worthy read, five stars.

    3. Okay, so someone tells you the world is all is in your mind. The world is an idea, nothing exists unless it is perceived by a mind. Crazy right? Well no - it just might be the case. We know Reality as a mental construct - a product of our minds. This book makes you think - what does it mean to exist, what is it, and that is a question worth looking at. George should be on everybody's self.

    4. This work was the first I’d ever read by George Berkeley.In this treatise, Berkeley expounds on his theory of immaterialism. This basically states that no material thing exists outside of that which perceives it and bears no relation whatsoever to solipsism—the belief that only the self exists. Berkeley was a deeply religious man who believed that nature and matter did not exist without being perceived in consciousness; that this perception was an idea instilled in the spirits of men through [...]

    5. I gave this book three stars (rather than fewer) not because I agree with Berkeley's argument whatsoever or because his book is anything close to a model of careful, persuasive philosophy. I gave it three stars because:(1) As an argument for idealism, and the first I've ever read, it was fascinating.(2) Even though his argument for idealism is pretty lousy, the comprehensive philosophy he builds out of it--whereby he makes an, admittedly lousy, argument for God's existence and solves many dilemm [...]

    6. Out of Spinoza, Locke, Descartes, Hume and Berkeley, I certainly found Berkeley the most interesting; but, then, I am into Idealism, so it is to some degree understandable and indicates my bias really. Out of 17th-early 18th century philosophers, Berkeley intrigues me as much as Leibniz does. I might, if I were to expand philosophy to include quasi-mystical writers of the same era, include Swedenborg, Hutchinson, Boehme and Sterry. Berkeley has often been misrepresented as being a philosopher th [...]

    7. Je n'avais pas été autant emballé par un ouvrage de philosophie depuis la lecture de l'enquête sur l'entendement humain de Locke. Berkeley est un ecclésiastique écossais du début du XVIIIème siècle, qui partant des positions empiristes, radicalise cette position pour partir en guerre contre l'abstraction qu'il considère comme la source des maux et errances de la philosophie. Il souhaite aussi abattre l'athéisme par des arguments définitifs; mais si je trouve qu'il ne parvient pas à [...]

    8. Berkeley is a smug, self-satisfied pedant with chronic babyface. Just look at that smirk. Bastard. It's annoying how obvious it is that the Treatise is politically motivated. It seems almost entirely lacking in terms of a genuine desire for knowledge and understanding. Berkeley bends over backwards to avoid materialism because he's concerned that an independent external world of automated physical causation reduces the role of God and might encourage impiety. Fun quotes:"How great a friend mater [...]

    9. George Berkeley was an English philosopher in the empiricist school. In this short treatise, he put forward many of his most influential ideas, including his critique of intellectual abstraction, and the dependence of reality on perception.Unlike many other philosophers I've come across, Berkeley is direct and terse. He does not insult the reader's intelligence by dwelling unnecessarily on one topic, but moves forward at a brisk pace. Further, his writing is clear, organized, and he actively see [...]

    10. The body of ideas in this book are communicated quite neatly in Berkeley's introduction, which whether you agree with what he says or not is a really neat rounded little idea. For the most part of the book Berkeley goes through these ideas in much needed greater detail, but he often will repeat the same arguments over and over in a monotonous chant, which towards the end of the book gets very tiresome, as he has failed to see that the true implications of his philosophy are exactly nothing, and [...]

    11. berkeley's arguments for immaterialism, "to be is to be perceived," fascinating take on philosophy of science and nature as the "language of god." beautiful, brief, if demanding.

    12. George Berkeley's Treatise is largely a response to the intellectual storm stirred up by Locke and Descartes, even quoting Locke on several occasions within the Treatise.Berkeley would be described in current philosophical terms as an idealist. The main purpose of his treatise is to show that we are all spirit and reality does not exist outside our perception of it. The world is sustained by God and the perceptions of men. No objects have an "essence" or even a "substance", they only exist as qu [...]

    13. In inner Idealism (Berkeley philosophy subsumed)The keyword ‘s not IdealismBut the operative word ‘inner’Inner and inward springs every spiritual co psychological advances since the ancientsA dualism emerges out to outer which proves our sciences empirically to be.For corporealism/materialism ‘s justified by evolution, in all its forms and variations.The proof lies in temporality.Let this dualism advance til unity ‘s universalAnd behold and observe what wonders the One non-temporally

    14. Berkeley does not hedge on his maxim esse est percipi (being is being perceived). He jumps in head first, bets all on black and puts all of his eggs in one basket without actually mixing metaphors. Berkeley ramps up Locke’s arguments and simplifies them. He does away with Locke’s notion of a substratum of existence and commits fully to the idea that all we can perceive are Ideas. What has hindered his predecessors was their unfounded belief that Matter has existence apart from the mind. By c [...]

    15. The brilliance of Berkeley's philosophy is that it gave David Hume something to improve on, and it opened up whole new areas to doubt and critical observation. These two contributions are staggeringly important to our advancement in my opinion (the fact that the prose is crisp and witty is simply an added bonus). Nonetheless, in the present day Berkeley's philosophy seems fairly bizarre. After all, only a seasoned obscurantist would claim that matter doesn't exist all things (perceptions) that d [...]

    16. Ideas, y espíritus, es todo cuanto hay. Sin negar lo real y efectivo, convierte las cosas del mundo en ideas cuya existencia consiste en su ser percibido, percepción que revela al espíritu percipiente. Ser, lo más general; ideas, y espíritus. Y como no, como clave de bóveda, el gran espíritu, Dios, creador de la naturaleza (ideas que nos son entregadas por la percepción), y de la regularidad natural como muestra de su bondad de modo que podamos llegar a aprender a habérnoslas con esto r [...]

    17. This is a great version of Berkeley's text, and Dancy has written a very helpful introduction. I have two other books by Dancy, which are intellectually substantial but can be difficult to get into and at times are challenging reads. In this case, his introduction contains a powerful and accessible analysis. Dancy's introduction is interesting, and directly useful to anyone at an undergraduate level facing the challenge of writing good essays on Berkeley. If you just want Berkeley's text you can [...]

    18. Berkeley is basically the 18th century Plato. But not in that he does or develops further some of the interesting things Plato did all those years ago. No. He's the 18th century Plato in that he proves amazingly adept at the straw man fallacy, at what amounts to name-calling, and at being a smug prick who is mostly laughably wrong about everything. But this thing is real entertaining, and Berkeley is adorable when he is complaining about language.

    19. what a weird bit of empiricism-gone-wild: phenomena are in fact the noumena; all that exists are the ideas, which exist when perceived. to be is to be perceived in this idealist, immaterialist doctrine.

    20. This is a difficult book to critique. He exposed some sanctimonious established beliefs to a cold ridicule (a geometrician’s impractical claim that a one-inch line is infinitely divisible – a Zeno’s paradox if you will - the concept of formless, indistinct, matter divorced from form, and other such conundrums). Yet, while promoting a logical, practical materialism, Berkeley eschewed concepts long established within physics and mathematics that work! He promoted drinking tar water for healt [...]

    21. en realidad me lo he leido en la lengua de cervantes, pero mañana me da pateo buscar el artículo, si lo tiene. Pos eso, mu chulo.

    22. Great introduction to idealism but there are several places in the text where I think Berkeley is guilty of what he decries in others (the confusion of terms). His distinction between idea and notion I still find fatuous, even after rereading his explanation. Early modern English has a different flavor, and getting a handle on the meaning of the word "idea" before I read Locke was very useful, but Berkeley's use of it is idiosyncratic to say the least. Sidenote: Was Berkeley Irish or English?

    23. My summary of the book:So once, Berkeley and Locke were hanging out at the Empiricism Hookah Bar. Don't ask me how.Anyway, Locke inhaled a deep breath from his apple-and-mint flavored Hookah and was thinking out loud: Locke: "It is fascinating how this thing is wholly made out of particles and we can only understand it as something we see, touch and inhale".-Berkeley: "How do you come to know it's a Hookah by sensory?"-Locke: "Because my mind perceives it as an idea". -Berkeley: "Correct!" he sh [...]

    24. The Meaning of RealityI was taught from a very young age that reality is what exists independently of human perception and knowledge, and we gain knowledge of reality if and only if our ideas correspond to it. Fantasy is that which has no correspondence in reality, and exists only in the mind of an individual -- unless he communicates his fantasy, others have no way of knowing it.George Berkeley, after whom University of California at Berkeley was named, shows a different way of interpreting rea [...]

    25. Reading about semantics has opened up my mind with regard to the biases inherent in words. While Alfred Korzybski initiated the scientific study of semantics, S. I. Hayakawa attempted to simplify its concepts and ideas in his books and aided the common person towards its understanding. I appreciate their contributions to the world and to my world as well: in this fast-paced, modern world, it is very important to recall and understand that the word is NOT the thing. Before these individuals blaze [...]

    26. Decided to reread this for the first time since college, and ended up getting a surprising amount out of it on my own. In response to Locke's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Berkeley sought to overcome metaphysical and epistemological skepticism by claiming that "mind" is the only substance in existence, and that the external world is essentially a collection of accidents incidental to the mind (be it individuals' minds or God). By discounting the possibility of abstract ideas, Berkeley [...]

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