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A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

George Berkeley (1685-1753)

1. 01 – Front Matter/Preface
2. 02 – Introduction
3. 03 – Sections 01 to 14
4. 04 – Sections 15 to 29
5. 05 – Sections 30 to 44
6. 06 – Sections 45 to 59
7. 07 – Sections 60 to 70
8. 08 – Sections 71 to 84
9. 09 – Sections 85 to 99
10. 10 – Sections 100 to 114
11. 11 – Sections 115 to 129
12. 12 – Sections 130 to 144
13. 13 – Sections 145 to 156

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Summary

A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, Part 1 (Commonly called “Treatise” when referring to Berkeley’s works) is a 1710 work by the Irish Empiricist philosopher George Berkeley. It largely seeks to refute the claims made by his contemporary John Locke about the nature of human perception. Both Locke and Berkeley agreed that there was an outside world, and it was this world which caused the ideas one has within one’s mind. Berkeley sought to prove that the outside world was also composed solely of ideas, suggesting that “Ideas can only resemble Ideas”. This world was given logic and regularity by some other force, which Berkeley concluded was God. Part 2 of the Treatise was never written.