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  1. Berkeley and Proof in Geometry.Richard J. Brook - 2012 - Dialogue 51 (3):419-435.
    Berkeley in his Introduction to the Principles of Human knowledge uses geometrical examples to illustrate a way of generating “universal ideas,” which allegedly account for the existence of general terms. In doing proofs we might, for example, selectively attend to the triangular shape of a diagram. Presumably what we prove using just that property applies to all triangles.I contend, rather, that given Berkeley’s view of extension, no Euclidean triangles exist to attend to. Rather proof, as Berkeley would normally assume, requires (...)
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  2. Berkeley and the Causality of Ideas; a Look at PHK 25.Richard Brook - manuscript
    I argue that Berkeley's distinctive idealism/immaterialism can't support his view that objects of sense, immediately or mediately perceived, are causally inert. (The Passivity of Ideas thesis or PI) Neither appeal to ordinary perception, nor traditional arguments, for example, that causal connections are necessary, and we can't perceive such connections, are helpful. More likely it is theological concerns,e.g., how to have second causes if God upholds by continuously creating the world, that's in the background. This puts Berkeley closer to Malebranche than (...)
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    Agency and Morality.Richard Brook - 1991 - Journal of Philosophy 88 (4):190-212.
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    Berkeley, Newton, Explanation, and Causation.Richard Brook - 2019 - Ruch Filozoficzny 74 (4):21.
    Berkeley, Newton, Explanation, and Causation -/- I argue in this paper that Berkeley’s conception of natural law explanations, which echoes Newton’s, fails to solve a fundamental problem, which I label “explanatory asymmetry"; that the model of explanation Berkeley uses fails to distinguish between explanations and justifications, particularly since Berkeley denies real (efficient causes) in non-minded nature. At the end I suggest Berkeley might endorse a notion of understanding, say in astronomy or mechanics, which could be distinguished from explanation.
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    Berkeley and the Primary Qualities: Idealization Vs. Abstraction.Richard Brook - 2016 - Philosophia 44 (4):1289-1303.
    In the First of the Three Dialogues, Berkeley’s Hylas, responding to Philonous’s question whether extension and motion are separable from secondary qualities, says: What! Is it not an easy matter, to consider extension and motion by themselves,... Pray how do the mathematicians treat of them?
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    Deontology, Paradox, and Moral Evil.Richard Brook - 2007 - Social Theory and Practice 33 (3):431-440.
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    Berkeley’s Theory of Vision: Transparency and Signification.Richard Brook - 2003 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (4):691 – 699.
    By "transparency" with respect to Berkeley's theory of signs, I mean the notion that because of the often close association between signs and what they signify, we mistakenly think we sense what is signified by the sense that accesses the sign. I argue that although this makes sense for some examples, for a variety of reasons it's not really applicable to Berkeley's claim that we mistakenly think we immediately see distance ('outness') when we, in fact, immediately see only light and (...)
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    Is Smith Obligated That(She)Not Kill the Innocent or That She(Not Kill the Innocent): Expressions and Rationales for Deontological Constraints.Richard Brook - 1997 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):451-461.
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    Berkeley's Philosophy of Science.Richard J. Brook - 1973 - The Hague: M. Nijhoff.
    INTRODUCTION Philonous: You see, Hylas, the water of yonder fountain, how it is forced upwards, in a round column, to a certain height, at which it breaks ...
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  10. Statistical and Identifiable Deaths.richard Brook - 2004 - In John Haldane (ed.), Philosophy and its Public Role.
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    Berkeley, Bundles, and Immediate Perception.Richard Brook - 2005 - Dialogue 44 (3):493-504.
    I argue in this article that, contrary to some recent views, Berkeley’s bundle theory of physical objects is incompatible with the thinking that we immediately perceive such objects. Those who argue the contrary view rightly stress that immediate perception of ideas or objects must be non-conceptual for Berkeley, that is, the concept of the object cannot be made use of in the perception, otherwise it would be mediate perception. After a brief look at the texts, I contrast how a direct (...)
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    Berkeley, Causality, and Signification.Richard Brook - 1995 - International Studies in Philosophy 27 (2):15-31.
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    Mary Anne Warren, Moral Status: Obligations to Persons and Other Living Things:Moral Status: Obligations to Persons and Other Living Things.Richard Brook - 2002 - Ethics 112 (3):644-646.
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    Agency and Morality. [REVIEW]Richard Brook - 1991 - Journal of Philosophy 88 (4):190-212.
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    On Adding the Good.Richard Brook & Seymour Schwimmer - 1981 - Social Theory and Practice 7 (3):325-335.
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    Is Smith Obligated That (She) Not Kill the Innocent or That She (Not Kill the Innocent).Richard Brook - 1997 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):451-461.
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    Dischargeability, Optionality, and the Duty to Save Lives.Richard Brook - 1979 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 8 (2):194-200.
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    Threats and Punishment.Richard Brook - 1988 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 17 (3):235-239.
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    Justice and the Golden Rule: A Commentary on Some Recent Work of Lawrence Kohlberg.Richard Brook - 1987 - Ethics 97 (2):363-373.
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    Un‐“Natural” Death.Richard Brook - 1976 - Hastings Center Report 6 (6):4-40.
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    Valuing Life.Richard Brook - 1992 - Philosophical Books 33 (4):243-245.
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    Seymour Schwimmer 1924 - 1986.Richard Brook - 1987 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 60 (5):862 -.
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    Moral Questions. An Introduction to Ethics.Richard Brook - 1994 - Philosophical Books 35 (1):77-78.
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  24. Berkeley and the Passivity of Ideas.Richard Brook - 2017 - Iyyun 66:59-74.
    A number of early modern philosophers deny that corporeal non-minded nature contains efficient or strict causes. For Berkeley the passivity of ideas (hence PI) expresses this view. My aim is to look at two possible arguments – I call them strategy 1, and strategy 2 – Berkeley makes, or others make in his behalf, for PI. I conclude that they are unsatisfactory. I’m particularly interested whether Berkeley’s distinctive doctrine that objects of sense are mind-dependent, i.e., that no corporeal object can (...)
     
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  25. Book ReviewsMary Anne. Warren, Moral Status: Obligations to Persons and Other Living Things.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Pp. 265. $39.95 ; $19.95. [REVIEW]Richard Brook - 2002 - Ethics 112 (3):644-646.
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  26. Is Geometry About Tangible Extension?Richard Brook - 2009 - Berkeley Studies:5-12.
     
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  27. The Bloomsbury Companion to Berkeley.Richard Brook & Bertil Belfrage (eds.) - forthcoming - Bloomsbury Academic.
     
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