George Berkeley


IN this imposing volume, which fittingly emanates from Harvard, the author proceeds on the obviously sound principle that Berkeley's own wish should be respected, and his philosophical writings be read in the order in which he had published them. It is now generally recognized that there are two lines of thought running through Berkeley's theological idealism, which scarcely admit of being brought together in coherent fashion. On one hand, Berkeley preserved in his earlier writings, at least, a large portion of the empirical theory of knowledge; and, on the other hand, there gradually emerged in his later writings a conception of mind and of our ways of knowing mind that cannot be so much as stated in terms of the empirical theory.

George Berkeley:

a Study of his Life and Philosophy. By Prof. John Wild. Pp. x + 552. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1936.) 25s. net.

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HICKS, G. George Berkeley. Nature 138, 818–819 (1936).

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