George Berkeley and Catharism

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:
George Berkeley and Catharism

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This chapter examines George Berkeley's denial of matter from the standpoint of the Catharism doctrines on matter. It compares the ideas professed by the medieval Dualistic heresies and Berkeley's denial of the existence of matter. It offers a historical introduction to the problem of Catharism, retells the story of Berkeley's refutation of the material world as it appears from the vantage point of the Cathar doctrine on matter and attempts to connect both beliefs to a recurring archetypal Dualistic pattern employed in facing the evil realm of matter.

Keywords: George Berkeley; Catharism; denial of matter; Dualistic heresies; immaterial philosophy; matter; Cathar doctrine; material world

Chapter.  8407 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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