George Berkeley

George Berkeley
George Berkeley
  • Born: March 12, 1685
  • Died: January 14, 1753
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Philosopher









George Berkeley – 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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All our measures should tend towards the immediate encouragement of our woolen manufactures, which must be looked upon as the basis of our wealth. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Social Sciences
If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, it makes no sound. Human Nature
It is impossible that a man who is false to his friends and neighbors should be true to the public. Detriments & Qualifications ;Human Nature ;Public Office: Benefits
Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Universities are only nurseries of prejudice, corruption, barbarism, and pedantry Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Westward the Course of Empire takes its Way ;, The four first Acts already past, A fifth shall close the Drama with the Day; Time's noblest Offspring is the last Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself.
All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth - in a word, all those bodies which compose the frame of the world - have not any subsistence without a mind.
From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas, I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God, and of all created things in the mind of God. Religion & God
He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, you may be sure is himself a knave.
I had rather be an oyster than a man, the most stupid and senseless of animals.
If we admit a thing so extraordinary as the creation of this world, it should seem that we admit something strange, and odd, and new to human apprehension, beyond any other miracle whatsoever.
Many things, for aught I know, may exist, whereof neither I nor any other man hath or can have any idea or notion whatsoever.
Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty, and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free.
So long as I confine my thoughts to my own ideas divested of words, I do not see how I can be easily mistaken.
That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow.
That thing of hell and eternal punishment is the most absurd, as well as the most disagreeable thought that ever entered into the head of mortal man.
The eye by long use comes to see even in the darkest cavern: and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern some glimpse of truth by long poring on it. Truth
The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.
Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few. Truth