The material reprinted in this two-volume set, first published in 1989, covers the first eighty-five years in responses to George Berkeley’s writings. David Berman identifies several key waves of eighteenth-century criticism surrounding Berkeley’s philosophies, ranging from hostile and discounted, to valued and defended. The first volume includes an account of the life of Berkeley by J. Murray and key responses from 1711 to 1748, whilst the second volume covers the years between 1745 and 1796. This fascinating reissue illustrates the breadth and diversity of the early reaction to Berkeley’s philosophies, and will help students and academics form a clear image of both Berkeley’s work and his reputation through the eyes of his contemporaries.
1. [Joseph Stock], An Account of the Life of George Berkeley, D. D., Late Bishop of Cloyne in Ireland. With Notes, Containing Strictures Upon His Works (London: J. Murray, 1776) 2. Essays, Reviews and Letters in Periodicals: Review of Principles in Journal des Scavans, 1711; Review of Three Dialogues in Memoires of Literature, 1713; Notice of Principles in Mémoires de Trévoux, 1713; Notice of Three Dialogues in Journal Litéraire, 1713; [James Arbuckle], Satirical essay on Berkeley’s Immaterialis, ‘A Dream Representing the World to be Better’, The Tribune, Part 2; [Benjamin Hoadley], ‘A Vindication of Lord Shaftesbury’s Writings and Character: Against the Author of a Book called Alciphron, The London Journal, 1732; Letters on Berkeley’s philosophy in The Gentleman’s Magazine, 1751; Obituary of Berkeley in The Gentleman’s Magazine, 1753; Letters in The London Magazine, 1757; [Oliver Goldsmith], ‘Memoirs of the late famous Bishop of Cloyne’, Weekly Magazine: or Gentleman and Ladies Polite Companion, 1759-1760; [Edmund Burke], ‘Concerning the perceptive faculty’, The Annual Register for 1763; [John (Lord) Hervey], Some Remarks on the Minute Philosopher. From a Country Clergyman to his Friend in London (London, 2nd ed., J. Roberts, 1732); [Bernard Mandeville], A Letter to Dion, Occasion’d by his Book call’d Alciphron, or The Minute Philosopher (London, J. Roberts, 1732); James Jurin, Geometry No Friend to Infidelity: or, a Defence of Sir Isaax Newton and the British Mathematicians, in a Letter to the Author of the ‘Analyst’ (London, T. Cooper, 1734); Andrew (Chevalier) Ramsay, ‘Of the Properties of Finite Beings’, from The Philosophical Principles of Natural and Revealed Religion Unfolded in a Geometric Order (Glasgow, Robert Foulis, 1748)
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