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George Berkeley - idealism and the man
David Berman
Paperback / softback
Clarendon Press
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Unlike nearly all studies of Berkeley, this book looks at the full range of his work and links it with his life - focusing in particular on his religious thought.
While aiming to present a clear picture of his career, this book breaks new ground on, among other topics, Berkeley's philosophical strategy, his account of immortality, his Jacobitism, his emotive theory of religious mysteries, and the motivation of his Siris (1744).
Also distinctive is theattention paid to the Irish context of his thought, his symbolic frontispieces and portraits, and recent discoveries concerning his life and writings.
The Berkeley that emerges from this study is deeper and more human that the usual picture of him as a starry-eyed idealist with every virtue underheaven.

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David Berman is very well versed both in Berkeley's own works and in the literature about him, including the writings of his contemporaries, and is a reliable source of information not easily accessible elsewhere.
Times Literary Supplement

In this book David Berman ... has given an excellent account of Berkeley's life and work ... It is a relief to have such a well written book as this one by Berman.
The English is lucid, deceptively simple and rather elegant.
It is an informative and intelligent discussion of the views of an important philosopher, who was also a noble and virtuous human being.
It has the added attraction of being a pleasure to read.
Irish Theological Quarterly

Excellent new philosophical biography of Berkeley ... The theological aspects of Berkeley's idealism are never far from sight in Berman's narrative ... The reader knows full well by the end of any of Berkeley's texts just where the author stands, and has a clear picture of his reasons for adopting his views on which to base a considered judgment of their merits.
This is a lucid, well-researched and well-written scholarly excursus into interesting, neglected themes
in Berkeley's philosophy and theology.
Religious Studies

...excellent new philosophical biography of Berkeley...Berman offers a more complete historical background to Berkeley's idealism than previous discussions of his thought. By approaching his subject with new questions about Berkeley's religious motivations and rhetorical strategies, Berman identifies connections and significancies especially in Berkeley's satellite writings, the notebooks, sermons, lectures, correspondence and philosophical glosses, that have escaped
the attention of other commentators...This is lucid, well-researched and well-written scholarly excurses into interesting, neglected themes in Berkeley's philosophy and theology. There are important discussions of Berkeley's ideas...that are nowhere explored in such depth as in Berman's recent
Religious Studies

A readable, interesting, and informative study of the life and thought of George Berkeley ... a work that succeeds in both offering a useful introduction to Berkeley's life and thought and contributing to current understanding of the man and his ideas ... wide-ranging study ... Those unfamiliar with Berkeley's works and those tempted to dismiss them on the basis of caricatures of his position will find that this study introduces them to interesting ideas and an
interesting person.
Those who already have some knowledge of Berkeley will find in it materials and comments that will further illuminate their judgements on this man and his work.
Journal of Theological Studies

Berman's biography is a subtle introduction to the life and thought of the second of the three great British empiricists ... Highly recommended as a humanist introduction to the good Bishop of Cloyne.
The Reader's Review, Number 166, September 1996

a highly useful supplementary text
Phillip D. Cummins, University of Iowa, Review of Metaphysics 50 (March 1997)

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Philosophers - Ireland.|Religion - Philosophy.
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