The first study dedicated to the relationship between Alexander
Pope and George Berkeley, this book undertakes a comparative
reading of their work on the visual environment, economics and
providence, challenging current ideas of the relationship between
poetry and philosophy in early eighteenth-century Britain. It shows
how Berkeley's idea that the phenomenal world is the language of
God, learnt through custom and experience, can help to explain some
of Pope's conservative sceptical arguments, and also his virtuoso
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