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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250924.001.0001

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Berkeley Against Materialism

Berkeley Against Materialism

(p.124) Chapter 28 Berkeley Against Materialism
Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

Given the foundationalism that they all shared, Descartes, Locke, and Berkeley all had a problem about evidence for the existence of matter. Unlike the other two, Berkeley said that there is no evidence for it: he rejected the thesis that there is matter as being contrary to common sense, not supported by evidence, certainly false, and conceptually defective. Locke's tendency to identify qualities with ideas becomes firm, open theory for Berkeley, and has much to do with his case for immaterialism.

Keywords:   Berkeley, Descartes, foundationalism, idea, immaterialism, Locke, matter, quality

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