- Henry Russell
Berkeley, George (12 March 1685–14 January 1753), philosopher, was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of William Berkeley, a gentleman farmer, and, probably, Elisabeth Southerne. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1700, organizing a society to study the work of Nicolas de Malebranche, René Descartes, Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz, Thomas Hobbes, Sir Isaac Newton, and John Locke in 1705. He received his B.A. in 1704, his M.A. and a fellowship in 1707. His philosophy responds to Locke and Newton and the mathematical and scientific skepticism of their followers....