George Berkeley

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Noun1.George Berkeley - Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)George Berkeley - Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)
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"Film" also tackled the Bishop Berkeley's principle, "Esse Est Percipi" (To Be is to Be Perceived), in which the existence of Keaton conspires against his attempts to disappear, according to the event's official page.
In Fearful Symmetry, Frye discusses the differences between esse est percipere and esse est percipi; the former notion, "to be is to perceive," is essentially Cartesian, centring the subject in a universe of observed objects, whereas the latter notion, "to be is to be perceived," reunites the subject with the object.
Berkeley is the source of esse est percipi (to exist is to be perceived).