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George Berkeley and the Alchemical Tradition

Costica Bradatan

in The Other Bishop Berkeley

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226931
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235773 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226931.003.0005
George Berkeley and the Alchemical             Tradition

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This chapter examines the presence of alchemical tradition in Siris, the last published book of George Berkeley. It shows that apart from being under the strong influence of the Platonic tradition, Berkeley's thought seems to have been also marked by some of the intellectual inclinations, spiritual concerns, and mind-sets characterizing the alchemical tradition. It discusses Berkeley's arguments and notions in the book with constant reference to alchemical topics, writings and authors.

Keywords: George Berkeley; Siris; alchemical tradition; Platonic tradition; philosophy

Chapter.  12312 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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