How Berkeley's Works are Interpreted

In Silvia Parigi (ed.), George Berkeley: Science and Religion in the Age of Enlightenment. Springer (2010)
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Instead of interpreting Berkeley in terms of the standard way of relating him to Descartes, Malebranche, and Locke, I suggest we consider relating him to other figures (e.g., Stoics, Ramists, Suarez, Spinoza, Leibniz). This allows us to integrate his published and unpublished work, and reveals how his philosophic and non-philosophic work are much more aligned with one another. I indicate how his (1) theory of powers, (2) "bundle theory" of the mind, and (3) doctrine of "innate ideas" are understood in a way significantly different from that found in the standard account.

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Stephen H. Daniel
Texas A&M University


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