The Theological Positivism of George Berkeley (1707-1708)

Acta Philosophica Fennica 83:37-52 (2007)
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Did George Berkeley, as I argued long ago in Belfrage (1986), defend a theory of "emotive meaning" in his Manuscript Introduction (an early version of the introduction to the Principles)? This question has raised a broad spectrum of different issues, which I think it is important to keep apart, such as rhetorical, psychological, semantic, ethical, metaphysical, and theological aspects. In the present paper, I hope to clear the ground of ambiguities, which have led to serious misunderstandings on this interesting point in Berkeley's unpublished philosophy. I open with a summary account of the historical context.



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