The Theory of Vision, Principles, and Three Dialogues constitute only a small portion of Berkeley’s total work. Alciphron, written while Berkeley was in America, is a major work in dialogue form on ethical and theological topics. It is now beginning to receive the attention it deserves. There are several papers dealing with Newtonian fluxions which reveal Berkeley as a knowledgeable critic of the philosophical presuppositions of the mathematicians of his day. In De Motu he displays his grasp of physics and mathematics. There are in addition papers dealing with political and social themes. (John Stuart Mill described Berkeley’s Defence of Free Thinking in Mathematics as ‘one of the finest pieces of philosophical style in the English language’.)1
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- 3.See Joseph Johnston, Bishop Berkeley’s ‘Querist’ in Historical Perspective ( Dundalk, Dundalgan Press, 1970 ).Google Scholar