George Berkeley

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George Berkeley, along with John Locke and David Hume, is known within the philosophical community as on of the trio of great empiricists. This status earns him a place as one of the most influential early modern philosophers. As part of this prestigious group, Berkeley argued that existence depended on the ability of the object to be perceived. For example, if you live in Port Credit homes, each of those buildings exist because you can see them along side each other and enter them. In order to understand of Berkeley and his ideas, it is important to look at his life and the environment surrounding him.

George was born in Kilkenny, Ireland in 1685, a time when there was still much both imitation of and hostility towards the British within the country. If you're the type of person who's looking at Yorkville condos, this could be compared to how Canada can be said to imitate England and the United States. This would have a great impact on Berkeley, although the direct influence on his philosophical work has not been extensively studied.

Berkeley was schooled at Trinity College in Dublin, receiving his Master's in 1707. He completed courses in tutoring and Greek lecturing and then went on to accept a post at the University for several years, although he never officially was named dean. Berkeley did not quit Trinity until 1724 and, during his time there, wrote his most widely read works, including A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge.

While associated with Trinity, Berkeley undertook several journeys, including an important visit to London, starting in 1713. This trip began with the purpose of soliciting the publication of his work Three Dialogues, but turned into a trip that opened his eyes to new ideas, increased his fame, and started friendships with some of Britain's leading intellectuals. Some of these men included Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and Joseph Addison.

In 1724, Berkeley officially quit Trinity College and accepted the Anglican Dean position at Londonderry. During the first few years there, Berkeley created a plan to establish a seminary in the Americas for the sons of colonists and Native Americans alike. For this, he was promised a grant of 20,000 pounds, and in 1728, moved to America to begin the project. Unfortunately, the grant never came through and Berkeley moved back to London in 1731, having first divided his extensive American library between Harvard and Yale. If you're living in Oshawa real estate and have dreams of going to one of these Ivy League Schools, you could still see some of his library there.

Berkeley died in 1753 at 68 years of age.

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