Berkeley’s Principles and Dialogues

This volume sets Berkeley’s philosophy in its historical context by providing selections from: firstly, works that deeply influenced Berkeley as he formed his main doctrines; secondly, works that illuminate the philosophical climate in which those doctrines were formed; and thirdly, works that display Berkeley’s subsequent philosophical influence. The first category is represented by selections from Descartes, Malebranche, Bayle, and Locke; the second category includes extracts from such thinkers as Regius, Lanion, Arnauld, Lee, and Norris; while reactions to Berkeley, both positive and negative, are drawn from a wide range of thinkers - Leibniz, Baxter, Hume, Diderot, Voltaire, Reid, Kant, Herder, and Mill.

• Unique collection providing a full understanding of the background of Berkeley’s philosophy


Introduction; Part I. The Background to Berkeley’s Philosophy: 1. René Descartes; 2. Henricus Regius; 3. Nicolas Malebranche; 4. Antoine Arnauld; 5. Jean Brunet; 6. Pierre Bayle; 7. John Locke; 8. Henry Lee; 9. John Norris; 10. Arthur Collier; Part II. Reactions to Berkeley’s Philosophy: 11. First reactions; 12. Early reviews; 13. G. W. Leibniz; 14. Andrew Baxter; 15. David Hume; 16. Samuel Johnson; 17. French reactions; 18. German reactions; 19. Thomas Reid; 20. John Stuart Mill.