The Introduction to the Principles of Human Knowledge and the Opening Sections
Berkeley’s Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge* was published in 1710 and marked as ‘Part I’. A ‘Second Part’, apparently to deal with his doctrine of mind, archetypes etc., is promised in the Preface to the Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous.1† It never appeared. In a letter to Samuel Johnson of Connecticut (25 November 1729) Berkeley wrote, ‘As to the Second Part of my treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, the fact is that I had made a considerable progress in it; but the manuscript was lost about fourteen years ago, during my travels in Italy, and I never had leisure since to do so disagreeable a thing as writing twice on the same subject’ (ii, 282).
KeywordsAbstract Idea Human Knowledge Concept Formation Innate Idea Ambitious Work
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