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1753: One of the World’s Most Famous Philosophers was an Irish Bishop

1753: One of the World’s Most Famous Philosophers was an Irish Bishop
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It is interesting that the famous city of Berkeley in California was named after Bishop George Berkeley. A renowned university (University of California, Berkeley) is located there.

This day in 1753 marked the death one of the most famous philosophers in the early modern period – George Berkeley. He was born in Ireland, in Dysart Castle south of Kilkenny. He hailed from an aristocratic family and received a good education. At the age of 36, he was ordained a priest in the Church of Ireland (of the Anglican Communion). He engaged in charitable, religious and educational work, and for that purpose he also sacrificed his substantial revenues. He traveled extensively (Italy, United States), and got married at the age of 43.

He participated in the organization of one of the first institutions for abandoned children in the world (the famous “Foundling Hospital” in London). He was appointed Bishop of Cloyne in Ireland, and remained on this position until his death. Supposedly, he was known in the diocese for his friendliness and warmth, which is why he was loved and admired by his contemporaries (including the famous poet Alexander Pope).

Bishop George Berkeley died on this day in Oxford, the seat of the famous university. He was buried in a Cathedral in Oxford (as was another well-known philosopher, John Locke). It is interesting that the famous city of Berkeley in California was named after Bishop George Berkeley. A renowned university (University of California, Berkeley) is located there, and is one of the most respected universities in the world.

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