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Idealistic Studies

Volume 37, Issue 1, Spring 2007

Daniele Bertini
Pages 43-50
DOI: 10.5840/idstudies20073719

Berkeley and Gentile
A Reading of Berkeley’s Master Argument

My purpose is to compare Berkeley’s and Gentile’s idealism, interpreting Berkeley’s Treatise, §§22–23, and Gentile’s reading of this passage. The Italian philosopher finds in Berkeley’s master argument the original source of the true idealistic way of thinking, but he believes that Berkeley has not been sufficiently consistent in deducing all the consequences from his new principle. This criticism is the ground of Gentile’s actual idealism. Comparing the two positions is very instructive both to elucidate the general issue of idealism and to understand Berkeley’s philosophy.