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By George Berkeley

Alciphron, or the Minute thinker (1732) is Berkeley's major paintings of philosophical theology and a vital resource of his perspectives on that means and language. This version comprises the 4 most crucial dialogues and a variety of severe essays and commentaries reflecting the reaction of such writers as Hutcheson, Mill and Antony Flew. the one 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 proposal.

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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 range of serious essays and commentaries reflecting the reaction of such writers as Hutcheson, Mill and Antony Flew.

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But in every country, I suppose, some care is taken to restrain petulant speech; and, whatever men’s inward thoughts may be, to discourage an outward contempt of what the public esteemeth sacred. Whether this care in England hath of late been so excessive as to distress the subjects of this once free and easy government; whether the freethinkers can truly complain of any hardship upon the score of conscience or opinion; you will better be able to judge, when you hear from themselves an account of the numbers, progress, and notions of their sect; which I doubt not they will communicate fully and freely, provided nobody present seems shocked or offended.

They were no sooner gone, but Euphranor, addressing himself to Crito, said, he believed that poor gentleman had been a great sufferer for his free-thinking; for that he seemed to express himself with the passion and resentment natural to men who have received very bad usage. I believe no such thing, answered Crito, but have often observed those of his sect run into two faults of conversation, declaiming and bantering, just as the tragic or the comic humour prevails. Sometimes they work themselves into high passions, and are frightened at spectres of their own raising.

Of all which, he should think himself obliged, if Alciphron would inform him. That I shall very easily, replied Alciphron, for I profess myself one of the number, and my most intimate friends are some of the most considerable among them. And, perceiving that Euphranor heard him with respect, he proceeded very fluently. You must know, said he, that the mind of man may be fitly compared to a piece of land. What stubbing, ploughing, digging, and harrowing are to the one, that thinking, reflecting, examining is to the other.

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