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George Berkeley: Religion and Science in the Age of Enlightenment

Editors: Parigi, Silvia (Ed.)

  • Explores the relationship between philosophy, science and religion in George Berkeley’s works, considered in their historical context
  • Proposes a new interpretation of Berkeley’s thought, stressing its complexity rather than searching for an anachronistic coherence
  • Written from a unique, or prevailing, analytical point of view
  • Collects contributions from leading European and American scholars
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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.

About the authors

Silvia Parigi, Ph. D. in Philosophy and History of Science, is Professor in charge of History of Science at the University of Cassino. She is the author of Il Mondo visibile. George Berkeley e la "perspectiva" (1995), editor/translator of a wide Italian collection of Berkeley’s works, (1996) and co-editor of Studi sull’entusiasmo (2001). Her articles include studies on the history of theories of vision and perception from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, Giacomo Leopardi’s epistemology, ancient and modern views on oculus fascinans. Currently working on the modern history of the concepts of spirit and effluvium, she is also in the editorial board of Berkeley Studies.

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From the reviews:

“Parigi’s anthology brings together thirteen heretofore-unpublished essays on some of the lesser-known aspects of Berkeley’s thought. … Parigi’s own piece aims to shed light on the underlying theory of science she sees operating in Siris. … Parigi deserves credit for compiling a respectable anthology and in guiding the expansion of the essays from standard conference paper fare to the (mostly) well-written pieces they are. It is a solid addition to the growing library of work on Berkeley specifically and the early Modern period more generally.” (S. Seth Bordner, Philosophy in Review, Vol. XXXII (4), 2012)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • How Berkeley’s Works Are Interpreted

    Daniel, Stephen H.

    Pages 3-14

  • Berkeley’s Metaphysical Instrumentalism

    Hight, Marc A.

    Pages 15-29

  • Causation, Fictionalism and Non-Cognitivism: Berkeley and Hume

    Kail, P. J. E.

    Pages 31-40

  • Berkeley and His Contemporaries: The Question of Mathematical Formalism

    Schwartz, Claire

    Pages 43-56

  • Locke, Berkeley and Hume as Philosophers of Money

    Caffentzis, George C.

    Pages 57-71

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
George Berkeley: Religion and Science in the Age of Enlightenment
Editors
  • Silvia Parigi
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
201
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9243-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9243-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9242-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3373-2
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 204
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