Pope and Berkeley

The Language of Poetry and Philosophy

  • Authors
  • Tom┬áJones

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Tom Jones
    Pages 1-9
  3. Tom Jones
    Pages 10-55
  4. Tom Jones
    Pages 86-115
  5. Tom Jones
    Pages 149-160
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-203

About this book


The first study dedicated to the relationship between Alexander Pope and George Berkeley, this book undertakes a comparative reading of their work on the visual environment, economics and providence, challenging current ideas of the relationship between poetry and philosophy in early eighteenth-century Britain. It shows how Berkeley's idea that the phenomenal world is the language of God, learnt through custom and experience, can help to explain some of Pope's conservative sceptical arguments, and also his virtuoso poetic techniques.


Great Britain philosophy poetry

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