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George Berkeley
Birth: Mar. 12, 1685
Death: Jan. 14, 1753

Philosopher who believed that, as time was merely the succession of ideas in the mind, things might cease to have any existence when not present in consciousness. Hence his proof of God, as an eternal consciousness bearing everything in mind and therefore enabling continuity of existence. The theory was neatly summed up in two limericks by the theologian and humorist Ronald Knox: There was a young man who said: 'God Must find it exceedingly odd If it seems that this tree Simply ceases to be When no-one's about in the Quad' "Sir, your astonishment's odd: I am always about in the Quad. And that's why the tree Will continue to be, Since observed by, Yours Faithfully, God". Dr. Johnson famously denied Berkeley's theory by kicking a large stone and saying 'Sir, I refute it thus!'. The inscription on Berkeley's monument is by the poet Alexander Pope. (bio by: David Conway) 
 
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  Lucia Berkeley (1731 - 1731)*
 
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Burial:
Christ Church Cathedral
Oxford
City of Oxford
Oxfordshire, England
 
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Record added: Jul 23, 2001
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George Berkeley
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George Berkeley
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George Berkeley
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- Janis•E
 Added: Jan. 14, 2017

- Jen Snoots
 Added: Aug. 8, 2016
"The only advantage I pretend to, is that I have always thought and judged for myself." - Bishop BerkeleyRest in peace to a brilliant and eloquent philosopher and churchman!
- Johannes Silentio
 Added: Jul. 9, 2015
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