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Single Idea 1103

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism / c. Empirical idealism]

Full Idea

Berkeley thinks 'to be is to be perceived', and only God provides continuity. He has simply confused the experience of perception with the thing being perceived. Ideas have content.

Gist of Idea

'To be is to be perceived' is a simple confusion of experience with its objects


comment on George Berkeley (Three Dialogues of Hylas and Philonous [1713]) by Bertrand Russell - Problems of Philosophy

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'The Problems of Philosophy' [OUP 1995]