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A Metaphysics for the MobThe Philosophy of George Berkeley$
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John Russell Roberts

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313932

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313932.001.0001

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 Common Sense, the Manifest Image, and Immaterialism

 Common Sense, the Manifest Image, and Immaterialism

(p.124) VI Common Sense, the Manifest Image, and Immaterialism
A Metaphysics for the Mob

John Russell Roberts (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

With an interpretation of Berkeley's view of spirits in hand, this chapter turns to the task of situating that view of spirits within his overall positive metaphysics and defending the connection it bears to “common sense”. The book argues that Berkeley's metaphysics is the metaphysics of the “mob” so long as the mob is properly understood to be the mob of professing monotheists. It further argues that core aspects of traditional monotheism inevitably tend toward support for immaterialism. Wilfred Sellars' metaphilosophy from Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man is used to both elucidate and map Berkeley's core metaphysical commitments.

Keywords:   common sense, immaterialism, metaphilosophy, manifest image, scientific image, original image, religious image, individuation, idealism, idolatry

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