George Berkeley Quotes

Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few.




George Berkeley, 1685-1753, Irish Bishop & Philosopher, Siris, 1744

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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.