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Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World

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2017.12.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kenneth L. Pearce, Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World, Oxford University Press, 2017, 204pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198790334. Reviewed by Melissa Frankel, Carleton University In the Introduction, Pearce sets up a problem for Berkeleyan idealism: given Berkeley's view that fundamentally, only minds and ideas exist, and given that ideas are momentary and constantly changing objects of perception, how can Berkeley also be committed to the existence of a physical world that has structure -- a world of stable, persistent, unified objects that relate to one another in ways describable via natural laws? The problem is a familiar one to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Berkeley and Berkeley scholarship; Pearce's solution, however, is far from familiar. He offers a bold, systematic reading of a number of Berkeley's texts[1] in which Berkeley's philosophy of language plays a... Read. . .

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