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: Timo Airaksinen (University
Secretary-Treasurer: Nancy Kendrick
(Wheaton College, Massachusetts)
Membership Secretary: Genevieve Migely
(Cornell College, Iowa)
Philosophy Associations Coordinator:
Margaret Atherton (University of Wisconsin,
Recording Secretary: Keota Fields (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
Archivist: Maureen Lapan (North
Forthcoming Discussion Venues and Conferences
- August 19-22, 2013, International Berkeley Conference: The 300th
Anniversary of the Publication of Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Collegium Maius,
Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. Organizers: Bertil Belfrage and
Monday, August 19
9:00-9:15 Opening remarks
9:15-10:00 Wolfgang Breidert (Karlsruhe): "Immaterialism and Illusionism: Berkeley in Poetry--A Continuation"
10:00-10:45 Bertil Belfrage (Lund): "Berkeley's Three Dialogues in the Context of His Works 1709-1733"
11:00-11:45 Mykolas Drunga (Vytautas Magnus, Lithuania): "Is 'The Fiction of Our Brain' Just 'A False Imaginary Glare'?"
11:45-12:30 Adam Grzeliński (Nicolaus Copernicus): "Berkeley's Immediate Perception and the Theory of Minima Sensibilia"
2:30-3:15 Milowit Kuniński (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "Is the Passivity of Perception the Proper Justification of Berkeley's Immaterialism?"
3:15-4:00 Richard Brook (Bloomsburg, PA): "Berkeley and the Primary Qualities: Idealization vs. Abstraction"
4:15-5:00 Dale Jacquette (Bern): "Berkeley's Carriage Argument"
Tuesday, August 20
9:00-9:45 Georges Dicker (SUNY Brockport): "Reply to my Critics"
9:45-10:30 Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): "Berkeley on the Autonomous Epistemic Authority of Immediate Present Perception"
10:45-11:30 Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "Berkeley's Master Argument Reconsidered"
11:30-12:15 George Pappas (Ohio State): "Berkeley's Immaterialism and Competitive Advantage"
2:30-3:15 Katia Saporiti (Zürich): "Abstract Ideas in Berkeley's Three Dialogues"
3:15-4:00 Przemysław Spryszak (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "Berkeley on Certainty: A Dilemma"
4:15-5:00 Bartosz Żukowski (Lodz): "The Alleged Realism of Berkeley's Philosophy"
Wednesday, August 21
9:00-9:45 Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley and Locke on Substance and Personal Identity"
9:45-10:30 Daniel Flage (James Madison): "On Knowing Berkeley's Minds"
10:45-11:30 James Hill (Prague): "The Notion of Spirit in Berkeley's Three Dialogues"
11:30-12:15 Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley's Rejection of the Bundle Theory of the Self"
2:30-3:15 Arnaud Pelletier (Catholic U, Leuven): "Berkeley's Notion of the Possible in the Three Dialogues"
3:15-4:00 Luc Peterschmitt (Lille): "Berkeley's Apologetical Concept of Nature in the Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous"
4:15-5:00 Kenneth L. Pearce (Southern California): "How Berkeley's Gardener Knows His Cherry Tree"
Thursday, August 22
9:00-9:45 Anna Tomaszewska (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "Berkeley and McDowell on Perceptual Experience"
9:45-10:30 Piotr Szałek (Catholic U, Lublin, Poland): "Berkeley's Pragmatism"
10:45-11:30 Marta Szymańska-Lewoszewska (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "The Nature of Berkeley's Propositions on Morality in 1713"
2:30-3:15 Roomet Jakapi (Tartu): "On the Creation of Plants in a Desert"
3:15-4:00 Timothy Quandt (California State, Fullerton): "Making (Non) Sense of Future Rewards? Berkeley's Criterion of Meaning in the Second
Dialogue Between Hylas and Philonous"
4:15-5:00 International Berkeley Society Meeting
5:15-6:00 Visit to the University Museum
- December 28, 2013, IBS Session, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Baltimore, MD. Organizer:
11:15-12:15 Stefan Storrie (Trinity College Dublin): "Berkeley and Shaftesbury on Moral Motivation"
12:15-1:15 Don Garrett (New York U): "Extended Ideas in Berkeley and Hume"
- April 4-6, 2014, Conference on Berkeley and the Three Dialogues, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Organizers:
Peter Larsen, Aisling Crean, and
Invited speakers: David Berman (TCD), Lisa Downing (Ohio St), John R. Roberts (Florida St), Tom Stoneham
Abstracts of papers on any aspect of Berkeley’s Three Dialogues are invited. Accepted papers may be
eligible for selection for a projected Cambridge University Press volume on the Three Dialogues. Prospective participants who would like to
present a paper at the conference should write to Vasilis Politis by 31 July 2013, with a 1200 word abstract
of their paper prepared for blind review (also indicating whether they would like to be included for consideration in the volume).
Some financial support is available for PhD students writing on Berkeley and scholars who have completed a PhD dissertation on Berkeley
within the previous two years.
- 21st February 2013, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IBS
- 28th December 2012, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, Atlanta, IBS
- 1st-4th June 2012, International Berkeley Conference: Berkeley on Moral and Social
Philosophy/La philosophie morale et sociale de Berkeley, Université de Sherbrooke (Campus Longueuil),
- 18th February 2012, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IBS
- 28th December 2011, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, New York, IBS
- 22nd-24th June 2011, International Berkeley Conference: Mind, Perception, and Knowledge, University of
- 24th-26th September 2010, Conference on Berkeley's Theory of Mind, University of Western Ontario, London,
- 6th-9th April 2010, International Berkeley Conference, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- 28th December 2009, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, New York, IBS
- 17th-20th August 2009, International Berkeley Conference, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
- 19th February 2009, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IBS Session
- 28th December 2008, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting,
Philadelphia, PA, IBS Session
- 26th-28th June 2008, Newport, Rhode Island, International Berkeley Conference
- 17th April 2008, Chicago, IL, American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, IBS Session
- 7th-8th March 2008, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, sponsored by the Edinburgh Philosophy Society
- 29th December 2007, Baltimore, MD, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division meeting, IBS
- 27th-29th September 2007, Gaeta, Italy, sponsored by the University of Cassino
- 6th-9th August 2007, Helsinki, Finland, sponsored by the University of Helsinki
- 28th December 2006, Washington, D.C., American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division meeting,
- 5th-8th September 2005, Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu, Estonia
- 20th-23rd October 2003, Department of Philosophy at the University of Rennes
- April 3rd-5th 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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