A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

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A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (Commonly called "Treatise" when referring to Berkeley's works) is a 1710 work by the Irish Empiricist philosopher George Berkeley. This book largely seeks to refute the claims made by his contemporary John Locke about the nature of human perception. Whilst, like all the Empiricist philosophers, both Locke and Berkeley agreed that there was an outside world, and it was this world which caused the ideas one has within one's mind, Berkeley sought to prove that the outside world was also composed solely of ideas. Berkeley did this by suggesting that "Ideas can only resemble Ideas" - the mental ideas that we possessed could only resemble other ideas (not physical objects) and thus the external world consisted not of physical form, but rather of ideas. This world was given logic and regularity by some other force, which Berkeley concluded was God.

Part 2 of the Treatise was never written. (Wikipedia) (4 hr 10 min)


Front Matter/Preface 4:46 Read by Sue Anderson
Introduction 45:56 Read by Hassan
Sections 1 to 14 19:32 Read by Sue Anderson
Sections 15 to 29 16:40 Read by Ian Lynch
Sections 30 to 44 18:07 Read by TalkyMeat
Sections 45 to 59 20:51 Read by Sagan Victoria
Sections 60 to 70 14:33 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Sections 71 to 84 15:29 Read by Geoffrey Edwards
Sections 85 to 99 14:55 Read by Alan Shaw
Sections 100 to 114 22:05 Read by Craig Campbell
Sections 115 to 129 23:00 Read by Heather Hogan
Sections 130 to 144 15:54 Read by Sibella Denton
Sections 145 to 156 18:30 Read by Carl Manchester