Berkeley and Collier

Tom Stoneham*

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Arthur Collier (1680-1732) was a contemporary of Berkeley’s who also defended a form of immaterialism. The chapter begins with some historical background about Collier’s writings and their reception before considering two challenges to immaterialism – (1) distinguishing perception from imagination and (2) the nature of the perceiving self – where the two immaterialists had strikingly different approaches. While neither of them developed fully adequate accounts of either imagination or the self, the exercise of comparing them shows that there was in the early eighteenth century the potential for a rich and varied tradition of immaterialist philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Berkeley
EditorsSamuel Rickless
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780190873417
ISBN (Print)9780190873417
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2021

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