Philosophy Professor Publishes Book Chapter & Journal Article
Georges Dicker, Philosophy, recently published a chapter in an edited collection and a journal article. The book chapter is entitled “Berkeley on Objections to Idealism.” It appears in The Oxford Companion to Berkeley, edited by Samuel Rickless (New York: Oxford University Press, 2022), pp. 85-106. It discusses critically Berkeley’s replies to three well-known objections, which the himself anticipates, to his thesis that only minds and ideas exist but matter does not exist.
The article is entitled “‘Cogito ergo Sum:” Proof or Petitio?’” It appears in a special issue on Descartes’s philosophy of The European Legacy, (published by Routledge), volume 27: Numbers 3-4 (May-June 2022), pp. 269-282. It defends Descartes’s proof of his own existence, “I think, therefore I exist,” against the accusation that the pronoun “I” in the premise “I think” assumes his own existence, so that his proof just begs the question.