Alciphron: in Focus by George Berkeley

By George Berkeley

Alciphron, or the Minute thinker (1732) is Berkeley's major paintings of philosophical theology and an important resource of his perspectives on that means and language. This version includes the 4 most vital dialogues and a variety of severe essays and commentaries reflecting the reaction of such writers as Hutcheson, Mill and Antony Flew. the single unmarried version presently in print, it argues that Alciphron has a extra very important position either within the Berkeley canon and in early smooth philosophy than is mostly suggestion.

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I grant it. Euph. And, since the case is, you say, the same with respect to all species, why may we not conclude, by a parity of reason, that things may be natural to humankind, and yet neither found in all men, nor invariably the same where they are found? Alc. Hold, Euphranor, you must explain yourself further. I shall not be over hasty in my concessions. Lys. You are in the right, Alciphron, to stand upon your guard. I do not like these ensnaring questions. Euph. I desire you to make no concessions in complaisance to me, but only to tell me your opinion upon each particular, that we may understand one another, know wherein we agree, and proceed jointly in finding out the truth.

After which he remained musing as before. Upon this Euphranor took the freedom to interrupt him. Alciphron, said he, it is not fair to spend your time in soliloquies. The conversation of learned and knowing men is rarely to be met with in this corner, and the opportunity you have put into my hands I value too much not to make the best use of it. Alc. Are you then in earnest a votary of truth, and is it possible you should bear the liberty of a fair inquiry? Euph. It is what I desire of all things.

A life of action, which takes its issue from the counsels, passions, and views of other men, if it doth not draw a man to imitate, will at least teach him to observe. And a mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself. For several months past, I have enjoyed such liberty and leisure in this distant retreat, far beyond the verge of that great whirlpool of business, faction, and pleasure, which is called the world.

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