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Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 16, 2008

Modern Philosophy

Teppei Baba
Pages 9-15

Is Berkeley's Theory of Ideas a Variant of Locke's?

I try to show that Berkeley's theory of ideas is not a variant of Locke's. We can find such an interpretation of Berkeley in Thomas Reid. So, we could call this interpretation a 'traditional interpretation'. This traditional interpretation has an influence still now, for example, Tomida interprets Berkeley in this line (Tomida 2002). We will see that this traditional interpretation gives a serious problem to Berkeley (section 1). And I am going to present an argument against this traditional interpretation (section 2).