Philosophy and Ideas

David Armstrong: A Reader’s Guide

Between 1960 and 2010, David Armstrong published 19 books. All are on issues in epistemology and metaphysics, two core areas of traditional philosophy. Together they amount to a robust defence of physicalism, the view that the world consists of a single spatio-temporal causal system populated by nothing more than physical objects, their properties and their relations.   Berkeley’s Theory of Vision: A Critical Examination of Bishop Berkeley’s Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision (Melbourne University Press, 1960). Armstrong’s refutation of George Berkeley’s anti-materialist theory of perception. Berkeley famously held that sensations, whether visual, aural or tactile, are never evidence…

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