Thursday, September 09, 2010

QotD: I find myself affected with various ideas which I know I have not caused

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I find myself affected with various ideas which I know I have not caused. And they couldn’t cause themselves or cause one another, nor could they exist on their own, because they are wholly inactive, transient, dependent beings. So they have some cause other than me and other than themselves; all I claim to know about this is that it is the cause of my ideas. And this thing, whatever it is, I call ‘matter’.
George Berkeley. Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713). The Library of Liberal Arts, New York, 1954. p.60.

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