Berkeley’s notebooks

Robert J McKim

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Berkeley graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1704 and continued to live at Trinity in anticipation of becoming a Fellow of the College as soon as a vacancy arose. In 1707, having excelled in the examinations, he became a Junior Fellow. It appears to have been between 1706 and 1708, while he was still only in his early twenties, that Berkeley recorded his developing ideas in the pair of notebooks that are the subject of this chapter. These notebooks, which are now in the British Library, were never intended by Berkeley for publication. In addition to being interesting in their own right, the notebooks are an invaluable tool for understanding Berkeley’s philosophy, and especially for understanding its development, for here we can see the genesis of many of the central claims of The New Theory of Vision (NTV), The Principles of Human Knowledge (PHK), and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (DHP).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Berkeley
EditorsKenneth P Winkler
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781139000772
ISBN (Print)9780521450331
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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