Berkeley’s critique of abstract ideas in the Introduction to Principles of Human Knowledge has provoked a great deal of commentary of various sorts. This anthology, first published in 1989, presents a selection of historically important and philosophically interesting discussions on Berkeley’s theories.
1. Locke’s Theory of Universals R.I. Aaron 2. Berkeley’s ‘Notion’ of Spiritual Substance Robert Merrihew Adams 3. Bishop Berkeley’s Petitio Henry E. Allison 4. Berkeley’s Anti-Abstractionism Margaret Atherton 5. Berkeley on ‘Abstract Ideas’ Monroe C. Beardsley 6. Berkeley’s Objection to Abstract Ideas and Unconceived Objects Martha Brandt Bolton 7. Berkeley’s Attack on Abstract Ideas E.J. Craig 8. Berkeley’s Argument Against Abstract Ideas Willis Doney 9. Berkeley on Abstraction Daniel E. Flage 10. Abstract Ideas and Images E.J. Furlong 11. Abstract Ideas and the ‘esse is percipi’ Thesis George S. Pappas 12. ‘Abstract Ideas’ and Immaterialism Howard M. Robinson 13. Two Lines of Argumentation in Berkeley’s Principles: A Reply to George S. Pappas Avrum Stroll 14. Berkeley’s Theory of Abstract Ideas C.C.W. Taylor 15. Berkeley on Abstract Ideas Kenneth P. Winkler 16. Berkeley’s Doctrine of Notions and Theory of Meaning A.D. Woozley
This collection reissues 17 titles that provide an excellent overview of 18th century philosophy – as well as the debates that surround the topic. Featuring works on Berkeley, Hume, Kant and Rousseau, among others, the collection examines a host of philosophical arguments by the leading thinkers of the time. It is an essential reference collection.