(75) Insofar as Berkeley is concerned with the advantages that accrue to immaterialism
with respect to religion, it is reasonable to see this as primarily a religious concept of God, that each of its component concepts expresses veneration for the divine, and that each of the component concepts is acceptably imprecise.
Eriugena's intellectualist immaterialism
: is it an idealism?".
Another possibility, one to become increasing popular in the 18th century, was what we might think of as the materialist converse of Berkeley's immaterialism
. If Berkeleian immaterialism
results from eliminating the material side of Descartes' dualism, a materialist approach to the mind results from eliminating the immaterial side.
Perhaps the most obvious sense in which Kant was an idealist was in his opposition to the 'reality' of time and space, (7) an opposition which has been interpreted by many as suggesting a version of Bekeley's immaterialism
. The picture motivating this interpretation is, I suggest, something like the following.
BRILLIANT 18th-century philosopher shook world with theory of immaterialism
. Theory claims eveything around us is generated by consciousness.
The Principles is a subtly developed argument for his central theory, and the Dialogues is a lively and imaginative presentation of the opposing views of materialism (represented by Hylas) and Berkeley's metaphysical idealism or immaterialism
(represented by Philonous).
True enough, sociologists currently interested in technology privilege information machines and indulge in a rhetoric of immaterialism
His high-minded immaterialism
, however, is a time bomb, for at 40 he has already spent nearly his entire paternal legacy on the books and is drifting unawares into pennilessness.
McCulloch's leading thought is that "vanishingly little is settled when immaterialism
is rejected" (p.
The contention that "things" -- material objects -- are "ideas" -- conceptions of the mind -- is the logical inference to be drawn from Berkeley's basic premise that esse is percipi.(17) This philosophy of immaterialism
, which treats matter (the external objective reality) as spirit (mental perception), approached from the other end provides Hazlitt with a rationale whereby spirit (the forms of the imagination) assumes a material character.
Johnson sought to refute Berkeley's immaterialism
by charging it with denying that there are rocks in the world.