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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: September 2011 ISBN: 9781452674681
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 bill clausen | 3/4/2013

    " berkeley's arguments for immaterialism, "to be is to be perceived," fascinating take on philosophy of science and nature as the "language of god." beautiful, brief, if demanding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ingrid | 10/21/2012

    " Though Berkeley did not manage to convince me that there is (or is not) a God, I did enjoy reading this. It is certainly a good read for anyone studying the philosophy of religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 eesenor | 8/27/2012

    " Berkeley radicalizes Locke's theories by arguing that all perception is only in the mind of the perceiver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick\ | 3/27/2012

    " I would like a contemporary talk-walk in my garden. He would be a changed man. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/2/2012

    " Entertaining and an easy read, I got a kick out of this. As a work of "philosophy" it leaves much to be desired, some of its assertions and conclusions are preposterous, but for 'laugh out loud' moments, it is hard to beat this as far as a work of 'serious' philosophy goes. "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cowley is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries.