Berkeley pp 107-122 | Cite as


  • Harry M. Bracken
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There is in the Principles a transition from arguments against matter to arguments in support of immaterialism. Berkeley believes that he has established that if matter existed, it could not be known. Second, he believes that he has exposed the contradictory content of the concept of matter and of the several accounts of perception and knowledge which utilise that concept. The absurdity of an unperceiving substance in which pains inhere, of pains which are unfelt, of inactive causes etc. has been made evident. The other side of the Principles is Berkeley’s attempt to provide that positive account of ourselves, of the world and of God, which he promises in the Preface.


Personal Identity Perceptual Experience Innate Idea Individual Soul Mental Substance 
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