By George Berkeley
Alciphron, or the Minute thinker (1732) is Berkeley's major paintings of philosophical theology and a very important resource of his perspectives on that means and language. This version includes the 4 most crucial dialogues and a range of serious essays and commentaries reflecting the reaction of such writers as Hutcheson, Mill and Antony Flew. the single unmarried version at the moment in print, it argues that Alciphron has a extra vital position either within the Berkeley canon and in early glossy philosophy than is mostly concept.
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In these and the like fashionable places of resort, it is the custom for polite persons to speak freely on all subjects, religious, moral, or political. So that a young gentleman who frequents them is in the way of hearing many instructive lectures, seasoned with wit and raillery, and uttered with spirit. Three or four sentences from a man of quality, spoke with a good air, make more impression and convey more knowledge than a dozen dissertations in a dry academical way. Euph. There is then no method, or course of studies, in those places?
In the same manner, therefore, as each of these contending parties condemns the rest, so an unprejudiced stander-by will condemn and reject them altogether, observing, that they all draw their origin from the same fallacious principle, and are carried on by the same artifice, to answer the same ends of the priest and the magistrate. 7. Euph. You hold then that the magistrate concurs with the priest in imposing on the people? Alc. I do; and so must every one who considers things in a true light.
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. But (added Euphranor, turning to Crito and me) if the gentlemen are against a free and fair inquiry, I shall give them no further trouble.