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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection, December 19, 1999
This review is from: The Works of George Berkeley (Major works) (Hardcover)
So what do you get for your money?
Volume I:
Life of Berkeley - by Fraser.
Commonplace Book - Berkeley's notes from 1705-08.
An Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision.
A Treatise Concerning the Principals of Human Knowledge [Part I].
Three Dialogs Between Hylas and Philonous.
De Motu - this is in Latin and is NOT translated.
Volume II:
Alciphron; or, the Minute Philosopher.
The Theory of Vsion, or Visual Language, Shewing the Immediate Presence and Providence of a Deity.
Volume III:
The Analyst; or a Discourse Addressed to an Infidel Mathemetician.
A Defense of Free-Thinking in Mathematics.
Reasons for not Replying to Mr. Walton's Full Answer.
Siris: A Chain of Philosophical Reflexions and Inquiries Concerning the Virtues of Tar-Water and Divers Other Subjects Connected Together and Rising From One Another.
Three Letters to Thomas Prior, Esq., and a Letter to the Rev. Dr. Hales, on the Virtues of Tar-Water.
Farther Thoughts on Tar-Water.
Volume IV:
Arithmetica Absque Algebra Aut Euclide Demonstrata - this is in Latin and is NOT translated.
Miscella Mathematica... - this is in Latin and is NOT translated.
Description of the Cave of Dunmore.
The Revelation of Life and Immortality.
Passive Obedience: or The Christian Doctrine of not resisting the Supreme Power...
Essays in the Guardian.
Two Sermons Preached at Leghorn in 1714.
Journal in Italy in 1717, 1718.
An Essay Toward Preventing the Ruin of Great Britain.
Verses on the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America.
Notes of Sermons Preached at Newport in Rhode Island and in the Narragansett country in 1729-31.
A Sermon Preached before the Incorporating Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts...1732.
The Querist, containing several queries, proposed to the consideration of the public.
A Discourse Addressed to Magistrates and Men in Authority.
Primary Visitation Charge Delivered to the Clergy of the Diocese of Cloyne.
Address on Confirmation.
A Letter to Sir John James, Bart., on the Differences Between the Roman and Anglican Churches.
Two Letters on the Occasion of the Rebellion in 1745.
A Word to the Wise: or, an Exhortation to the Roman Catholic Clergy of Ireland.
Maxims Concerning Patriotism.
Appendix: The First Edition of the Querist.
General Comments:
The books are very well produced. Cloth bound, acid-free paper, burgundy colored, with a simple and elegant design. All in all, this is a handsome edition that will physically grace your library.
Fraser's commentary and footnotes are helpful and abundant (note: this is a reprint of a 1901 work, so there is of course no commentary on how Berkeley has been read in this century).
The only thing I would have wanted different than what I got would have been translations of the Latin essays into English.
Insofar as Berkeley the philosopher, he is one of the major philosophers of history, and one of the clearest writers. He is also often scathingly funny.
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