Bishop Berkeley


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Noun1.Bishop Berkeley - Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)Bishop Berkeley - Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)
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You do not know that Bishop Berkeley attested that his metaphysics did not work.
I cannot help recalling the fine anecdote which Warton relates of Bishop Berkeley, when he was preparing to leave England with his plan of planting the gospel among the American savages.
Napoleon Bonaparte, St Patrick, Adam, Humpty Dumpty, Eamonn de Valera, the Prophet Mohammed, Mutt and Jeff, Bishop Berkeley, Tom Sawyer, and Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (collectively Mamalujo) traverse its pages.
In what is otherwise one of the most entertaining and erudite contributions to the volume, Andrea Spiriti invokes Dean Swift and Bishop Berkeley to help explain the iconographic context of the Lafranchinis' decoration of Riverstown House, County Cork, with figures drawn from early Roman history.
They range from Shakespeare and Augustine (who is said to have been right about sin but wrong about sex), via Aquinas and Barth to Freud, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, William Golding, Bishop Berkeley, Graham Greene, and several dozen others.
And this is not to mention a long dialogue between Alex and Hu-Li on the subject of Bishop Berkeley, in which the nonexistence of all nonperceived matter is put forth with enough force as to rock the foundations of the narrative itself: