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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 which means and language. This version comprises 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 at present in print, it argues that Alciphron has a extra vital position either within the Berkeley canon and in early sleek philosophy than is mostly inspiration.

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Alc. I acknowledge there is. Euph. From all this will it not follow a thing may be natural and yet admit of variety? Alc. I grant it will. Euph. Should it not seem, therefore, to follow that a thing may be natural to mankind, though it have not those marks or conditions assigned; though it be not original, universal, and invariable? Alc. It should. 47 ALCIPHRON Euph. And that, consequently, religious worship and civil government may be natural to man, notwithstanding they admit of sundry forms and different degrees of perfection?

Alc. To help you, I will go a little way back, and resume the thread of my reasoning. First, I must acquaint you that, having applied my mind to contemplate the idea of Truth, I discovered it to be of a stable, permanent, and uniform nature; not various and changeable, like modes or fashions, and things depending on fancy. In the next place, having observed several sects and subdivisions of sects espousing very different and contrary opinions, and yet all professing Christianity, I rejected those points wherein they differed, retaining only that which was agreed to by all, and so became a Latitudinarian.

Meanwhile, said Crito, I shall prepare my guests, and let them know that an honest neighbour hath a mind to discourse with them on the subject of their free-thinking. And, if I am not mistaken, they will please themselves with the prospect of leaving a convert behind them, even in a country-village. Next morning Euphranor rose early, and spent the forenoon in ordering his affairs. After dinner we took our walk to Crito’s, which lay through half-a-dozen pleasant fields planted round with plane trees, that are very common in this part of the country.

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