Share this entry

Share this page

Berkeley, George

Syllabification: Berke·ley, George
Pronunciation: /ˈbärklē, ˈbər-
 
/

Definition of Berkeley, George in English:

( 1685–1753), Irish philosopher and bishop. He argued that material objects exist only by being perceived.

Derivatives

Berkeleianism

1
Pronunciation: /ˈbärklēəˌnizəm, ˈbər-/
noun
Example sentences
  • We might call it a neo-Berkeleian argument, but I think it is close enough to Berkeley's intentions to just call it plain vanilla Berkeleianism.
  • No evasions, no sophisms… can remove the clear and indisputable fact that Ernst Mach's doctrine that things are complexes of sensations is subjective idealism and a simple rehash of Berkeleianism.
  • Mach does not ask himself such embarrassing questions when he mechanically jumbles fragments of Berkeleianism with the views of natural science, which instinctively adheres to the materialist theory of knowledge.

Definition of Berkeley, George in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…