George Berkeley

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Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)

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Once again, the sequence can be traced back to a historical reference: in this instance, Bishop Berkeley's eighteenth-century dictum, esse est percipi (to be is to be perceived).
Esse est percipi (aut percipere) is the doctrine of Bishop George Berkeley, whose idealist philosophy is commonly thought to be the basis for Lucky's long, rambling speech in Godot.
Berkeley's phrase esse est percipi (aut percipere) means "to be is to be perceived (or to perceive).
Esse est percipi, said Bishop Berkeley, but Schneider would beg to differ.