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Berkeley's Argument for Idealism

Samuel C. Rickless


In A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous (1713), George Berkeley argues for the astonishing view that physical objects (such as tables and chairs) are nothing but collections of ideas (idealism), that there is no such thing as material substance (immaterialism), that abstract ideas are impossible (anti-abstractionism), and that an idea can be like nothing but an idea (the likeness principle). It is a matter of great controversy what Berkeley’s argument for idealism is and whether it succeeds. Most scholars believe that th ... More

Keywords: berkeley, idealism, immaterialism, anti-abstractionism, immediate perception, mediate perception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669424
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669424.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel C. Rickless, author
University of California San Diego