17th/18th Century Philosophy > 17th/18th Century British Philosophy > George Berkeley > Berkeley: Philosophy of Religion > Berkeley: Divine Attributes
Edited by Kenneth L. Pearce (James Madison University)
|Summary||It has been argued that concerns about religious language were a major impetus for the development of Berkeley's philosophy. One such issue is the question of how to understand our talk about divine attributes - assertions such as 'God is wise.' In Alciphron IV, Berkeley defends a univocal approach to such predications, against the more traditional view that they must be understood analogically.|
|Key works||On the importance of these concerns in Berkeley's early development, see Berman 1981, Belfrage 1986. For a treatment of the debates about analogy in Berkeley's context, and Berkeley's role in them, see O'Higgins 1976. Pittion & Berman 1969 print, and analyze, a letter on the subject allegedly written by Berkeley. Daniel 2011 provides a general account of Berkeley's thought on analogy and divine attributes, and challenges Berkeley's authorship of the letter.|
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