George Berkeley

George Berkeley:  * 12. March 1685 in der Grafschaft Kilkenny (Irland); † 14. January 1753 in Oxford.


A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710).

Eine Abhandlung über die Prinzipien der menschlichen Erkenntnis.

Hrsg. von Arend Kulenkampff.

Philosophische Bibliothek, Band 532. Meiner, Hamburg 2004.


Berkeley was an Anglican theologian, sensualist and philosopher. He represented a nominalist philosophy. Even more radical then Locke he had the opinion that neither the substance "matter" nor the substance "spirit" is philosophically justifiable. Things that surround people only arise through the fact that people perceives them. They only exist for being perceived. Despite his theory, he was a life-long believer.