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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 1981Belfrage 1986. For a treatment of the debates about analogy in Berkeley's context, and Berkeley's role in them, see O'Higgins 1976Pittion & 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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  1. added 2019-04-29
    Berkeley: la concepción de Dios en los Comentarios Filosóficos / Berkeley: the Conception of God in the Philosophical Commentaries.Alberto Luis López - 2015 - Endoxa 36:123.
    Berkeley was a philosopher who wrote about such diverse topics as natural philosophy, political philosophy, mathematics, economy, and theology. Within this broad range of interests, his concern about the infinite spirit stands out; thus, the aim of this paper is to trace the origins of Berkeley´s conception of God, an issue which is already prefigured in the Philosophical Commentaries. The importance of knowing and analyze the notes that make up the Commentaries lies in that they make it possible to understand (...)
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  2. added 2018-11-09
    Berkeley on God's Knowledge of Pain.Stephen H. Daniel - 2018 - In Stefan Storrie (ed.), Berkeley's Three Dialogues: New Essays. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 136-145.
    Since nothing about God is passive, and the perception of pain is inherently passive, then it seems that God does not know what it is like to experience pain. Nor would he be able to cause us to experience pain, for his experience would then be a sensation (which would require God to have senses, which he does not). My suggestion is that Berkeley avoids this situation by describing how God knows about pain “among other things” (i.e. as something whose (...)
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  3. added 2018-06-22
    Faith, Truth, Revelation and Meaning in Berkeley’s Defense of the Christian Religion.Roomet Jakapi - 2002 - Modern Schoolman 80 (1):23-34.
  4. added 2018-01-17
    Early-Modern Irreligion and Theological Analogy: A Response to Gavin Hyman’s A Short History of Atheism.Dan Linford - 2016 - Secularism and Nonreligion 5 (1):1-8.
    Historically, many Christians have understood God’s transcendence to imply God’s properties categorically differ from any created properties. For multiple historical figures, a problem arose for religious language: how can one talk of God at all if none of our predicates apply to God? What are we to make of creeds and Biblical passages that seem to predicate creaturely properties, such as goodness and wisdom, of God? Thomas Aquinas offered a solution: God is to be spoken of only through analogy (the (...)
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    Some Unresolved Issues In Berkeley’s Natural Theology.John A. Mourant - 1966 - Philosophical Studies 15:58-75.
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    Sensationalism and Theology in Berkeley's Philosophy.Ingemar Hedenius - 1937 - Philosophy 12 (47):358-359.
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    The Development of Berkeley's Theism.A. C. Armstrong - 1920 - Philosophical Review 29:404.
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  8. added 2016-04-26
    Le dieu de Berkeley.M. Guéroult - 1953 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 58 (1/2):1 - 28.
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  9. added 2015-03-25
    Matter, God, and Nonsense: Berkeley's Polemic Against the Freethinkers in the Three Dialogues.Kenneth L. Pearce - forthcoming - In Stefan Storrie (ed.), Berkeley's Three Dialogues: New Essays. Oxford University Press.
    In the Preface to the Three Dialogues<, Berkeley says that one of his main aims is to refute the free-thinkers. Puzzlingly, however, we are then treated to a dialogue between two Christians in which the free-thinkers never reappear. This is related to a second, more general puzzle about Berkeley's religious polemics: although Berkeley says he is defending orthodox conclusions, he also reminds himself in his notebooks "To use the utmost Caution not to give the least Handle of offence to the (...)
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  10. added 2015-03-05
    WISDOM, J. O. - The Unconscious Origin of Berkeley's Philosophy. [REVIEW]G. J. Warnock - 1955 - Mind 64:423.
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  11. added 2014-10-06
    Divine Analogy in Eighteenth-Century Irish Philosophy.Thomas Curtin - 2014 - Journal of Theological Studies 65 (2):600-24.
    In eighteenth century Ireland, attempts to explain divine predication led to the belief that analogy provides a viable way through which we can know things about God. This belief, in turn, resulted in a controversy over divine analogy which involved numerous philosophers and theologians of the period. This paper will examine how three figures in the debate understand analogy and how that understanding influences their positions on divine analogy: William King, Peter Browne, and George Berkeley. At the height of this (...)
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  12. added 2014-03-26
    Berkeley's Pantheistic Discourse.Stephen H. Daniel - 2001 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 49 (3):179-194.
    Berkeley's immaterialism has more in common with views developed by Henry More, the mathematician Joseph Raphson, John Toland, and Jonathan Edwards than those of thinkers with whom he is commonly associated (e.g., Malebranche and Locke). The key for recognizing their similarities lies in appreciating how they understand St. Paul's remark that in God "we live and move and have our being" as an invitation to think to God as the space of discourse in which minds and ideas are identified. This (...)
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    On George Berkeley's Alleged Letter to Browne: A Study in Unsound Rhetoric.Bertil Belfrage - 2011 - Berkeley Studies 22:3-8.
    Luce once declared that his and Jessop’s interpretation of Berkeley is “reflected in our edition of the Works.” The appearance of a recent article by Stephen Daniel draws attention to two examples of the implications of this interpretive model of editing. One is Luce’s and Jessop’s rejection of Alciphron as a reliable source for Berkeley’s philosophy, because we have access to his true philosophy elsewhere , and “it is idle to turn to Alciphron for Berkeleianism,” for he does not rest (...)
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  14. added 2012-08-23
    Browne and King, Collins and Berkeley: Agnosticism or Anthropomorphism?James O'Higgins - 1976 - Journal of Theological Studies 27 (1):88-112.
  15. added 2012-08-20
    Berkeley's Rejection of Divine Analogy.Stephen H. Daniel - 2011 - Science Et Esprit 63 (2):149-161.
    Berkeley argues that claims about divine predication (e.g., God is wise or exists) should be understood literally rather than analogically, because like all spirits (i.e., causes), God is intelligible only in terms of the extent of his effects. By focusing on the harmony and order of nature, Berkeley thus unites his view of God with his doctrines of mind, force, grace, and power, and avoids challenges to religious claims that are raised by appeals to analogy. The essay concludes by showing (...)
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    What Is God Doing in the Quad?Robert McKim - 1987 - Philosophy Research Archives 13:637-653.
    I begin with an examination of Berkeley’s various suggestions about how to account for the continued existence of physical objects which are unperceived by finite spirits. After dismissing some of these suggestions I attempt to combine others in a unified theory which involves an appeal to what finite perceivers would perceive if they were in the right conditions, to the operation of the will of God, and to the perception of God. I assess the merits, both philosophical and textual, of (...)
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    Berkeley Revisited.E. W. Van Steenburgh - 1963 - Journal of Philosophy 60 (4):85-89.
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    Cognitive Theology and Emotive Mysteries in Berkeley's Alciphron.David Berman - 1981 - Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 81:219-229.
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    A New Letter by Berkeley to Browne on Divine Analogy.Jean-Paul Pittion & David Berman - 1969 - Mind 78 (311):375-392.