17th/18th Century Philosophy > 17th/18th Century British Philosophy > George Berkeley > Berkeley: Philosophy of Religion > Berkeley: Arguments for Theism > Berkeley: Divine Language Argument for Theism
Edited by Kenneth L Pearce (University of Southern California)
|Summary||In the New Theory of Vision, Berkeley argued that our visual experience forms a language. In Alciphron IV, he uses this as an argument for the existence of a speaker of the language of vision, namely, God. This is usually classified as a version of the Teleological (Design) Argument for the existence of God, but exactly how the argument is supposed to work, and how it relates to more familiar teleological arguments is disputed.|
|Key works||Hooker 1982 surveys a number of possible interpretations of the argument. Olscamp 1970 argues that Berkeley's thesis that vision is a language is intended literally, and hence that the existence of God follows trivially from it, since every language must have a speaker. Kline 1987 defends an interpretation based on Descartes's argument for the existence of other human minds.|
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