George Berkeley

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George Berkeley
Full name George Berkeley
Era 18th century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Idealism, Empiricism
Main interests Metaphysics, Epistemology, Language, Mathematics, Perception
Notable ideas Subjective Idealism, The Master Argument

George Berkeley (pronounced /ˈbɑrkli/) (12 March 168514 January 1753), also known as Bishop Berkeley, was a philosopher. His main philosophical achievement was the advancement of a theory he called "immaterialism" (later referred to as "subjective idealism" by others). He said that we know the sensations and we can think of an object, but we can not be sure that this object actually exists.

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Berkeley was born at his family home, Dysart Castle, near Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland. He was educated at Kilkenny College and attended Trinity College, Dublin, completing a Master's degree in 1707.

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