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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

A Thorn in Berkeley's Side: Pantheism

In "A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge", Berkeley argues vehemently against the existence of matter. He also frequently speaks derogatively of matter, for example, referring to the notion of matter as a “stupid, thoughtless somewhat”. But where exactly does all this disdain come from? What could be one’s motivation for attacking materialism in such a ferocious manner? The following paper attempts to address such questions while critically evaluating the philosophical agenda that underlies Berkeley's work.

Presenter: Frank Mann (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Philosophy
Location: 26 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)