George Berkeley


Born
in Dysart Castle, near Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland
March 12, 1685

Died
January 14, 1753

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George Berkeley (/ˈbɑːrklɪ/;[1][2] 12 March 1685 14 January 1753) known as Bishop Berkeley (Bishop of Cloyne) was an Anglo-Irish philosopher whose primary achievement was the advancement of a theory he called "immaterialism" (later referred to as "subjective idealism" by others). This theory denies the existence of material substance and instead contends that familiar objects like tables and chairs are only ideas in the minds of perceivers, and as a result cannot exist without being perceived. Berkeley is also known for his critique of abstraction, an important premise in his argument for immaterialism.

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“Few men think; yet all have opinions. ”
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