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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (776 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Berkeley Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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First published in 1710, George Berkeley’s A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge is a seminal contribution to Empiricist philosophy. Making the bold assertion that the physical world consists only of ideas and thus does not exist outside the mind, this work establishes Berkeley as the founder of the immaterialist school of thought. A major influence on such later philosophers as David Hume and Immanuel Kant, Berkeley’s ideas have played a role in such diverse fields as mathematics and metaphysics and continue to spark debate today.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jake Yaniak | 12/7/2013

    " A short but incredibly important work of philosophy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alessandro | 10/1/2013

    " A somewhat disappointing attempt to prove the existence of God by use of some very counter-intuitive and unjustified assumptions. I find Berkeley's idealism quite unsatisfying as a metaphysical position. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 9/23/2013

    " surprisingly not as dry as you would think but then again how do we think? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christian | 7/13/2013

    " Wow. Being a Christian, it's difficult to find a philosopher who's both brilliant and faithful.Berkeley seems to fit the bill. "

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Author George Berkeley

George Berkeley (1685–1753), also known as Bishop Berkeley, was one of the three great British empiricist philosophers. Born near Thomastown, Ireland, he was educated at Kilkenny College and attended Trinity College in Dublin, where he remained as a tutor and lecturer after the completion of his master’s degree in 1707. In 1734 he was appointed Bishop of Cloyne in Ireland. He is best known for his doctrine of immaterialism, the idea that reality has no material existence outside of the mind. Berkeley’s major works include An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision, A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous.