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Berkeley's "esse is percipi" and Collier's "simple" argument

Stoneham, T. (orcid.org/0000-0001-5490-4927) (2006) Berkeley's "esse is percipi" and Collier's "simple" argument. History of Philosophy Quarterly. pp. 211-224. ISSN 0740-0675

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Almost all who write on Collier note a striking similarity between a short passage in his Clavis Universalis and the famous claim that esse is percipi in Berkeley's Principles. This essay explores that similarity in more detail than has been done before. The comparison forces us to address an issue about the nature of passivity in Berkeley's theory of mind. Two interpretations consistent with the text are offered and one is favoured on the grounds that it makes some of Berkeley's arguments more plausible. The idealisms of Berkeley and Collier are shown to have a common source.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Added with permission from the publisher.
Keywords: Berkeley,Collier,Idealism,Perception,Existence
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Philosophy (York)
Depositing User: Tom Stoneham
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2008 16:07
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 23:04
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3747

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