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Unperceived Objects

Kenneth P. Winkler

in Berkeley: An Interpretation

Published in print March 1994 | ISBN: 9780198235095
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598685 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198235097.003.0007

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

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This is the first of three chapters examining the consequences of Berkeley's immaterialism and the problems to which it gives rise. In the present chapter, I defend a phenomenalist interpretation of Berkeley on unperceived objects. Appealing to his denial of blind agency, I show that a phenomenalist interpretation can be reconciled with texts that seem to go against it. I provide a modest interpretation of Berkeley's doctrine of archetypes, and argue briefly that even in Siris, Berkeley's doctrine of archetypes is unambitious and not especially Platonic.

Keywords: archetype; blind agency; immaterialism; objects of perception; perception; phenomenalism; Siris

Chapter.  15072 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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