Berkeley, George (1685–1753)
Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
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The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization
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Spiegel, J. S. 2011. Berkeley, George (1685–1753). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.
- Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
George Berkeley was an early modern Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop. He made contributions to diverse fields, including political philosophy (Passive Obedience, 1712), physics (De motu, 1721), mathematics (The Analyst, 1734), and economics (Querist, 1735–1737). But he is most famous for his philosophical work, in particular his doctrine of “immaterialism,” a brand of metaphysical idealism which asserts that “to be is to be perceived.”
- Berkeley, George (1685–1753);
- modern Irish philosopher and anglican bishop;
- doctrine of “immaterialism”;
- principles of human knowledge;
- bishop of cloyne