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Berkeley - Arg Philosophers (Arguments of the Philosophers)

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ISBN-13: 978-0415487610
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George Pitcher was industrial editor of "The Observer" during the Tory privatisation years. He quit while he was ahead when he was voted National Newspaper Industrial Journalist of the Year in 1991and co-founded Luther Pendragon, a communications consultancy operating at the sharp-end of industry and politics, with broadcast-news journalist Charles Stewart-Smith. Over the past decade, his firm has advised senior executives of companies and institutions facing some of the most high-profile and controversial issues of the age and formed the team that advised the Government's Cabinet Office project on the Millennium Bug. He continues to write regular business columns and commentaries and lives in London with his wife and four children.
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Product Details

  • Series: Arguments of the Philosophers
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (October 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415487617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415487610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,839,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was first published in 1977 by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd. (ISBN 0-7100-8685-7; see Colin M. Turbayne's famous Bibliography of George Berkeley in Berkeley: Critical and Interpretive Essays). It is strange that the reprinted issue is not supplied with a summary. It might be helpful to other readers if I adduce the book's summary from its first edition. Here it is:

Professor Pitcher presents in this study a thorough-going exploration of Berkeley's metaphysical views. He shows their development from Berkeley's reflections about sense perception and from his conscious opposition to the teachings of his great predecessor, Locke.
The author analyses at length the extremely influential New Theory of Vision; he then considers Berkeley's view that reality consists of nothing but finite minds, the infinite mind of God, and their ideas and acts of volitions. Various features of this extraordinary system are examined, including the question of how far it can be reconciled with our fundamental commonsensical beliefs about the world. Berkeley's conception of the mind receives an extended treatment and the book ends with a chapter on his doctrine of passive obedience.
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