Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of George Berkeley, an Anglican bishop who was one of the most important philosophers of the eighteenth century. Bishop Berkeley believed that objects only truly exist in the mind of somebody who perceives them - an idea he called immaterialism. His interests and writing ranged widely, from the science of optics to religion and the medicinal benefits of tar water. His work on the nature of perception was a spur to many later thinkers, including David Hume and Immanuel Kant. The clarity of Berkeley's writing, and his ability to pose a profound problem in an easily understood form, has made him one of the most admired early modern thinkers.
Gilbert Ryle Fellow and Professor of Philosophy at Hertford College, Oxford
Professor of Philosophy at the University of York
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science at the University of Edinburgh.
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
David Berman, Berkeley: Idealism and the Man (OUP, 1996)
J. Foster and H. Robinson (eds.), Essays on Berkeley: A Tercentennial Celebration (Clarendon Press, 1985)
Nick Jones, Starting with Berkeley (Continuum, 2009)
A. Richmond, Berkeley’s Principles of Human Knowledge: A Reader’s Guide (Continuum Press, 2009)
Tom Stoneham, Berkeley’s World (OUP, 2002)
C. M. Turbayne (ed.), Berkeley: Critical and Interpretive Essays (University of Minnesota Press, 1982), especially ‘Locke, Berkeley, and Corpuscular Scepticism’ by D. Garber
J. O. Urmson, Berkeley (OUP, 1982)
K. P. Winkler (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Berkeley, (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
R. S. Woolhouse, The Empiricists (Oxford Paperbacks, 1988)
|Interviewed Guest||Peter Millican|
|Interviewed Guest||Michela Massimi|
|Interviewed Guest||Tom Stoneham|