INTERNATIONAL BERKELEY SOCIETY
BISHOP GEORGE BERKELEY was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, on 12
March 1685. He made important contributions in the fields of
philosophy, mathematics, and economics. He is especially famous as the
author of the philosophical theory known as "immaterialism." He died in
Oxford, England, on 14
THE INTERNATIONAL BERKELEY SOCIETY (founded in 1975) sponsors
meetings, conferences, and symposia, and in accord with its by-laws publishes the results of
scholarly research throughout the world, disseminating information about George Berkeley and his works.
President: Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M University)
Past President: Lou Alfonso (Rhode Island College, emeritus)
Vice-President: Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton College, Massachusetts)
Secretary-Treasurer: Keota Fields (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
Membership Secretary: Genevieve Migely (Cornell College, Iowa)
Philosophy Associations Coordinator: Seth Bordner (University of Alabama)
Recording Secretary: Katia Saporiti (University of Zürich)
Archivist: Maureen Lapan (North Kingston, RI)
Forthcoming Discussion Venues and Conferences
- 7 January 2016, IBS Session, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Washington, DC. Organizer: Seth Bordner.
Melissa Frankel (Carlton University, Canada): "Descartes and Berkeley on Sensory Perception"; response: Genevieve Migely (Cornell College, Iowa)
Nathan Sheff (University of Connecticut): "Berkeley's Dilemma for Temporal Absolutists"; response: Eric Schliesser (University of Ghent)
Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M Univesity) will chair the session.
11-14 January 2016, International Berkeley Conference, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
and Bertil Belfrage
Bertil Belfrage (Lund): "George Berkeley's New Philosophy (after 1721)"
Artem Besedin (Moscow State): "Scholastic and Cartesian Models of Intuition in Berkeley's Philosophy"
Richard Brook (Bloomsburg): "Berkeley's De Motu"
Matteo Bonifacio (Turin): "George Berkeley and the Way of Ideas"
Meir Buzaglo (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "An Idealistic View on 'Disappearing' "
Georges Dicker (SUNY Brockport): "Berkeley's Critique of Locke's Theory of Perception"
Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "Berkeley on Skepticism and Empirical Psychology"
Adam Grzeliński (Nicolaus Copernicus): "Siris and Berkeley's Late Social Philosophy"
Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney: "Berkeley's Strange Semi-Occasionalist Mystery"
Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton C MA): "Berkeley and Locke on Passive Obedience and the Social Contract"
A. David Kline (North Florida): "Berkeley, Empirical Equivalence and Anti-Realism"
Tali Leven (Open U Israel): "Ghost of Departed Quantity"
Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley's Conception of Substance"
Luc Peterschmitt (Lille): "How did Berkeley Read Newton?"
Marc Pickering (Lynn U): "The Ideas in God's Mind"
Timothy Quandt (Sacramento City C): "Berkeley's Vulgar Defense of Defect and Suffering"
Michael Roubach (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "Berkeley and Husserl's Notion of Abstraction"
Ofra Shefi (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "A Question of Reason: On Berkeley's Attitude to Teleology"
Mark Steiner (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "Borrowings from Berkeley in Hume's Treatise of Human Nature"
Piotr Szałek (Catholic U, Lublin, Poland): "Berkeley's Non-cognitivism"
Bartosz Żukowski (Lodz): "Berkeley and Collier: A Case of Fortunate Coincidence"
Marta Szymańska-Lewoszewska (Nicolaus Copernicus): "Unity, Diversity and Order: On Natural Religion in Berkeley's Works from 1730s to 1750s"
- 28 December 2014, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Philadelphia, IBS Session
- 4-6 April 2014, International Berkeley Conference: The Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- 28 December 2013, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, IBS
- 19-22 August 2013, International Berkeley Conference: The 300th
Anniversary of the Publication of Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Collegium Maius,
Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
- 21 February 2013, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IBS
- 28 December 2012, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Atlanta, IBS
- 1-4 June 2012, International Berkeley Conference: Berkeley on Moral and Social
Philosophy/La philosophie morale et sociale de Berkeley, Université de Sherbrooke (Campus Longueuil),
- 18 February 2012, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IBS
- 28 December 2011, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, New York, IBS
- 22-24 June 2011, International Berkeley Conference: Mind, Perception, and Knowledge, University of
- 24-26 September 2010, Conference on Berkeley's Theory of Mind, University of Western Ontario, London,
- 6-9 April 2010, International Berkeley Conference, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- 28 December 2009, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, New York, IBS
- 17-20 August 2009, International Berkeley Conference, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
- 19 February 2009, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IBS Session
- 28 December 2008, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting,
Philadelphia, PA, IBS Session
- 26-28 June 2008, Newport, Rhode Island, International Berkeley Conference
- 17 April 2008, Chicago, IL, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, IBS Session
- 7-8 March 2008, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, sponsored by the Edinburgh Philosophy Society
- 29 December 2007, Baltimore, MD, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division meeting, IBS
- 27-29 September 2007, Gaeta, Italy, sponsored by the University of Cassino
- 6-9 August 2007, Helsinki, Finland, sponsored by the University of Helsinki
- 28 December 2006, Washington, D.C., American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division meeting,
- 5-8 September 2005, Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu, Estonia
- 20-23 October 2003, Department of Philosophy at the University of Rennes
- April 3-5 2003, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (link to the Texas
A&M Berkeley conference website)
You are cordially invited to become a member
of the Society, which was founded to enable its members to share their
interest in George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne, the eminent philosopher
and theologian and to be aware of his impact on philosophy, theology,
science, and culture of western civilization, both past and present.
The annual dues are $25/year and can be paid up to three years in advance. Lifetime memberships are also available.
Dues for the calendar year can be renewed as early as Oct. 15, but they should be renewed at least by
Berkeley's birthday, March 12. Money should be sent in US dollars only, together with your address and institutional
affiliation (if any) to the IBS at Texas A&M University, at the address below. For your
convenience, you may wish to pay your dues online
using a major credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American
Express), or you may use the attached Membership
Members are also invited to donate to the Society's
research fund for translations, book subventions, conference support, subventions so that young scholars can attend
international conferences, and other projects that enhance Berkeley scholarship.
Those who donate $25 or more to this fund receive a DVD of “The Dean of Thin Air,” an hour-long PBS-produced
movie about George Berkeley.
We cannot process checks in any currency other than American dollars. Members in other countries are
encouraged to make payments online using a credit card.
The International Berkeley Society
Department of Philosophy
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4237
You are also invited to add a voluntary
donation to support the valued but impoverished Berkeley library (click for
holdings) in our Study Center at the Berkeley Museum House in Whitehall. Please send your donation with the annual subscription to
Texas A&M at the above address. Whitehall was built by Berkeley
as his home while he and his family lived in Rhode Island, and is shown
on the right. It is open for visitors throughout the year.
Whitehall Museum House
311 Berkeley Avenue,
Rhode Island RI 02840,
Click on picture
(Photo: I.C. Tipton.)
The Berkeley Briefs and Berkeley
Studies (formerly Berkeley Newsletter)
The Berkeley Briefs is
an annual publication of the IBS. It includes news items and other
announcements of interest to the Society and its members. Click here for the latest issue.
To see previous issues (going back to 2006, and even a news brief from 1999),
Berkeley Studies is an
annual on-line journal. It contains scholarly articles, short research
notes, abstracts of conference papers, book reviews, and bibliographic
updates of the latest work on Berkeley. In December 2007, the Berkeley
Newsletter officially became Berkeley
Studies. Click here
to go to the Berkeley Studies
Although Berkeley Studies receives occasional
assistance from the IBS, its editorial operations are independent from
A short narrative of the IBS from its
foundation in 1975 to the present day, compiled in 2003 by Ian C. Tipton (at
left, at the Texas A&M conference), and Maureen Lapan and
Raymond W. Houghton (at right, at the Rennes conference).
Berkeley travelled widely from his home town
of Kilkenny, Ireland: he lived in Dublin, Cloyne, London, and Oxford at
different times; he travelled through Europe, with extended stays in
Italy and France; and he spent four seminal years in Rhode Island,
U.S.A. On this page, we are accumulating information about sites that
are of significance in Berkeley's life.
You may like to know that Whitehall, Berkeley's house in Rhode
Island (1729-1731), is open to the public at the following times:
· July 1 until the
end of August
· six days a week
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Click on picture for
See our Whitehall
page for more details on the times of opening.
On this page we list hypertext links to:
- General introductions to Berkeley and his
- Scholarly papers and articles.
- Historical web sites
- Online texts of Berkeley's writings
You may also be interested in our web rings page.
Berkeley scholars may like to be aware of
the Turbayne essay prize, which is run by the Philosophy Department at
the University of Rochester. The page at this site provides some
background information, and official details about the competition can be found at the following address:
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