During the course of the research for this book, I was often asked by friends just what I was working on. When I told them that I was studying the moral philosophy of George Berkeley, the standard reaction was an expression of surprise that Berkeley had a moral philosophy at all. Throughout the previous chapters I have tried to show that he indeed did have such a philosophy, and often I have mentioned the sort of evidence I believe would be sufficient to prove this claim. That sort of evidence is simple: if Berkeley discussed the range of problems thought to constitute moral philosophy, and if his conclusions together form a series of possible answers to the questions raised by these problems, then it would seem that he had a moral philosophy. In this brief concluding chapter, I should like to outline what problems are thought to constitute moral philosophy, and to summarize Berkeley’s answers to the questions raised.


Moral Judgment Natural World Moral Obligation Moral Philosophy Moral Rule 
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    The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Paul Edwards, editor, The Macmillan Company and the Free Press, New York (1967), volume three, “Ethics, History of”, and “Ethics, Problems of”, pp. 81–113, and 117–133, respectively.Google Scholar

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