Berkeley's Philosophy of Spirit: Consciousness, Ontology and the Elusive Subject (Continuum Studies in British Philosophy)

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This book tackles some of the deepest problems in Berkeley's philosophy by providing a fresh interpretation of Berkeley's core ontological doctrines and their relationship to his views about self-consciousness. Berkeley, the author argues, is led to adopt a new model of self-consciousness because he rejects the basic metaphysics of many of his predecessors.

This new model of self-consciousness provides the foundation for Berkeley's own ontological framework. Bettcher's interpretation provides answers to long-standing questions about Berkeley's traditionally derided views about mind, offers an elegant treatment of Berkeley's core metaphysical views more generally, and illuminates Berkeley's innovative attempt to address the important philosophical and theological issues of his day. Moreover, Bettcher shows the importance of Berkeley's philosophy of spirit to the perplexing thesis that the subject of experience is somehow mysteriously elusive. She argues that Berkeley can be seen as a transitional figure with respect to the older philosophical concept of 'subject' (as a metaphysical supporter of properties) and the more modern philosophical concept of 'subject (as opposed to 'object').

She provides a re-reading of Hume's famous claim that when he turned reflection upon himself, he could perceive only perceptions and sheds new light on the notion of a 'subject of experience'. The book will be of substantial interest both to Berkeley scholars and to philosophers concerned with contemporary discussions of self-consciousness.

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Talia Mae Bettcher is Associate Professor in Philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles, USA.

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'The concept of self or spirit plays a fundamental role in Berkeley's philosophy and yet commentators have tended to neglect it, concentrating instead on his denial of matter and his theory of ideas. Talia Bettcher's new book, the product of a long and deep study of Berkeley's theory of spirit, is therefore a most welcome addition to Berkeley scholarship and should be of interest to students and scholars of Berkeley, the history of modern philosophy, and the philosophy of mind.'Charles McCracken, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Michigan State University

-Mention. The Chronicle ofHigher Education/ July 13, 2007



"Bettcher's is a well-documented and rigorous analysis of Berkeley's views on self and self-consciousness. Her analytical efforts are certainly to be commended." —Costica Bradatan, Philosophy in Review, 2007

“Bettcher’s is a well-documented and rigorous analysis of Berkeley’s views on self and self-consciousness. Her analytical efforts are certainly to be commended." –Costica Bradatan, Philosophy in Review, 2007

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