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Objects create ideas?


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[1 of 2] Berkeley, George (Bishop) (1685-1753, Ireland): primary subject "Philosophy, extracts" (search under Inner Life/Mind, Psyche, Soul, Spirit)": detail "“Principles of Human Knowledge”, Part I.19"
But though we might possibly have all our sensations without them [external bodies], yet perhaps it may be thought easier to conceive and explain the manner of their production, by supposing external bodies in their likeness rather than otherwise; and so it might be at least probable there are such things as bodies that excite their ideas in our minds. But neither can this be said; for though we give the materialists their external bodies, they by their own confession are never the nearer knowing how our ideas are produced: since they own themselves unable to comprehend in what manner body can act upon spirit, or how it is possible it should imprint any idea in the mind.

[2 of 2] Berkeley, George (Bishop) (1685-1753, Ireland): primary subject "Philosophy, extracts" (search under Inner Life/Mind, Psyche, Soul, Spirit)": detail "“Three Dialogues”, Third Dialogue"
Now if you can prove, that any philosopher has explained the production of any one idea in our minds by the help of matter, I shall for ever acquiesce, and look on all that has been said against it as nothing: but if you cannot, it is in vain to urge the explication of phenomena. That a being endowed with knowledge and will, should produce or exhibit ideas, is easily understood. But that a being which is utterly destitute of these faculties should be able to produce ideas, or in any sort to affect an intelligence, this I can never understand.