Berkeley, Reid, and the Mathematization of Mid-Eighteenth-Century Optics

Journal of the History of Ideas 38 (3):429 (1977)
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Berkeley's "new theory of vision" and, In particular, His sensationalist solution to the problem of judging distance and magnitude were discussed by many eighteenth-Century authors who faced a variety of problem situations. More specifically, Berkeley's theory fed into the debate over whether the phenomena of vision were susceptible to mathematical analysis or were experientially determined. In this paper a variety of responses to berkeley are examined, Concluding with thomas reid's attempt to distinguish physical optics (which can be analyzed geometrically) from the psychology of vision (in which experience plays a major role)



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