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) holds
meetings, conferences, and symposia, and publishes the results of
scholarly research on both sides of the Atlantic and brings attention
and information, both old and new, about George Berkeley and his works.
President: Stephen Daniel (Texas
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
- April 4-6, 2014, International Berkeley Conference: The Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Organizers: Peter Larsen, Aisling Crean, and
Friday, April 4 (Marsh's Library, St. Patrick's Close)
12:30-1:30 Tour of the Marsh Library
1:30-2:30 Kenneth Pearce (Southern California): "Matter, God, and Nonsense: Berkeley's Polemic Against the
Freethinkers in the Three Dialogues"
2:45-3:45 Sukjae Lee (Seoul National): "Berkeley's Occasionalism in the Dialogues"
4:15-5:15 David Wilkins (Trinity College Dublin): "Berkeley, the Minute Mathematician"
[Change of venue to The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street]
6:30-7:30 David Berman (Trinity College Dublin): "Irish Philosophy: Past and Present"
7:30-9:00 Alumnae Event
Saturday, April 5 (Trinity Long Room Hub Building, Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre)
10:00-11:15 Lisa Downing (Ohio State): "Ideas and Sensible Qualities: The Structure of Idealism in the Principles
vs. the Dialogues"
11:30-12:30 Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "Berkeley on Idealism, Meaning and the Naturalistic Fallacy"
3:00-4:00 Jennifer Marušić (Brandeis): "Berkeley on Sensations as Acts of Mind and the Passivity of Perception"
4:15-5:15 James Levine (Trinity College Dublin): "Prior vs. Williams on the Master Argument"
5:30-6:30 International Berkeley Society Meeting
7:30 Conference Dinner
Sunday, April 6 (Trinity Long Room Hub Building, Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre)
10:00-11:15 Tom Stoneham (York): "Refractions, Reflections and Dreams"
11:30-12:30 James Hill (Charles U Prague): "'I do not perceive it as I perceive a triangle, a colour, or a sound': Knowledge of
the Self in the Three Dialogues"
2:30-3:30 Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley on God's Knowledge of Pain"
3:45-5:00 John Russell Roberts (Florida State): "A Platonic Solution to a Puzzle in the Three Dialogues"
5:30-7:00 Roundtable discussion
- December 28, 2014, IBS Session, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Organizer:
500-word abstracts for 25-minute presentations should be submitted no later than May 1, 2014 to Seth Bordner
- 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.
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.
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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