George Berkeley: Religion and Science in the Age of Enlightenment

  • Silvia Parigi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Interpretations of Berkeley’s Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephen H. Daniel
      Pages 3-14
    3. Marc A. Hight
      Pages 15-29
  3. Neglected Works and Aspects of Berkeley’s Thought

  4. Towards a Wider Historical Perspective

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 201-204

About this book


George Berkeley was considered "the most engaging and useful man in Ireland in the eighteenth century". This hyperbolic statement refers both to Berkeley’s life and thought; in fact, he always considered himself a pioneer called to think and do new things. He was an empiricist well versed in the sciences, an amateur of the mechanical arts, as well as a metaphysician; he was the author of many completely different discoveries, as well as a very active Christian, a zealous bishop and the apostle of the Bermuda project. The essays collected in this volume, written by some leading scholars, aim to reconstruct the complexity of Berkeley’s figure, without selecting "major" works, nor searching for "coherence" at any cost. They will focus on different aspects of Berkeley’s thought, showing their intersections; they will explore the important contributions he gave to various scientific disciplines, as well as to the eighteenth-century philosophical and theological debate. They will highlight the wide influence that his presently most neglected or puzzling books had at the time; they will refuse any anachronistical trial of Berkeley’s thought, judged from a contemporary point of view.


Berkeley Enlightenment George Berkeley Hume Newton Philosophers of Money Siris Spinoza Spinozist bermuda project modern philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Silvia Parigi
    • 1
  1. 1.Fac. Lettere e FilosofiaUniversità di CassinoCassinoItaly

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