chapter  17
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Berkeley’s disproof of the existence of matter

In this chapter I shall try to explain what I think are Berkeley’s reasons for thinking that his theistic immaterialism, crazy though it may seem to many people, is preferable to our common-sense view. I shall do my best for Berkeley here, and will try to bring out the force of his position as strongly as I can; it is up to you to decide whether or not you find the arguments convincing. I have made no attempt to follow Berkeley’s order of presentation, but have grouped what I think are genuine Berkeleian arguments under headings of my own.