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BERKELEY, George (1685-1753). A treatise concerning the principles of human knowledge. Dublin: Aaron Rhames for Jeremy Pepyat, 1710.
4o (220 x 136 mm). Contemporary gilt-ruled mottled calf, red leather gilt spine label (central medallion replaced; spine starting; worn). Provenance: "Montgomery/Dublin" gilt-lettered on front cover.
FIRST EDITION. "Berkeley maintained that no existence is conceivable or possible which is not conscious spirit or the ideas of which such a spirit is conscious. This presupposes complete equation of subject and object: no object can exist without a Mind to conceive it". (PMM). Berkeley rejected Locke's ideas on matter, that the meaning and necessity of it was vital to an understanding of human thought. His works did not initially prompt much reaction. David Hume later founded his theory of the function of general terms on Berkeley's work. PMM 176; Norman 196.
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