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 January 1753.

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 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.
    The International Berkeley Society invites submissions for its group session at the Eastern APA meeting in Washington, D.C., January 7, 2016. We especially encourage submissions by young scholars working on Berkeley. Graduate students or those with PhDs completed within the last year who are selected for the program will receive $100 subventions. Abstracts of up to 500 words for 25-minute presentations should be prepared for blind review and submitted to IBS Associations Coordinator Seth Bordner. Submission deadline is May 15, 2015.
  • 11-14 January 2016, International Berkeley Conference, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Organizers: Meir Buzaglo and Bertil Belfrage.
    Berkeley contributed to a wide range of academic disciplines; from philosophy and metaphysics to mathematics and empirical psychology; from theology to political economy and monetary policy. We are now inviting distinguished scholars to give a diversified account of Berkeley's works with respect to his broad range of interest. Anyone interested to participate in the conference should send an abstract to one of the organizers before 28 February 2015.

Recent conferences: click here for participants, presentation titles, photos

  • 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 Session
  • 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 Session
  • 28 December 2012, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Atlanta, IBS Session
  • 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), Longueuil, Québec
  • 18 February 2012, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IBS Session
  • 28 December 2011, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, New York, IBS Session
  • 22-24 June 2011, International Berkeley Conference: Mind, Perception, and Knowledge, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • 24-26 September 2010, Conference on Berkeley's Theory of Mind, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  • 6-9 April 2010, International Berkeley Conference, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 28 December 2009, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, New York, IBS Session
  • 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 Session
  • 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, IBS Session
  • 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 Form.

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,

Whitehall, Rhode Island (click for enlargement)
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for enlargement
and details.
(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 website.

Although Berkeley Studies receives occasional assistance from the IBS, its editorial operations are independent from the Society.

1. History of the Society





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).


2. Geographical sites

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.

Whitehall, Rhode Island (click for enlargement)
(Click on picture for enlargement.)

See our Whitehall page for more details on the times of opening.

3. External links

On this page we list hypertext links to:

  • General introductions to Berkeley and his work
  • Scholarly papers and articles.
  • Historical web sites
  • Online texts of Berkeley's writings


You may also be interested in our web rings page.

4. Turbayne Essay Prize

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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