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Parriana: Miscellaneous materials bearing on Parr's controversies - Page 73
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The New Englander

Criticism - 1876
...occupying space and time, because space and time are d priori forms of sensibility : we cannot but * " I observed that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true (Berkeley's, of the non-existence of matter), it is impossible to refute it I never shall forget the...
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Acme Library of Standard Biography: Third Series

Authors, English - 1880 - 541 pages
..." that creature was its own 'tormentor, and I believe its name was Boswell." He refuted Berkeley by striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it. As the ship put out to sea Boswell watched him from the deck, whilst he remained " rolling his majestic...
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Addison Peale Russell - English literature - 1883 - 362 pages
...condescension." You remember his refutation of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. It was observed that though we are satisfied the doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it....
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Dictionary of Anecdote, Incident, Illustrative Fact: Selected and Arranged ...

Walter Baxendale - Anecdotes - 1888 - 690 pages
...Berkeley's ingenious во( SŤ? ) MEDIATOR phistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that everything in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied hia doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which...
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Modern Philosophy, from Descartes to Schopenhauer and Hartmann

Francis Bowen - Philosophy, Modern - 1889 - 484 pages
...those who attempt to reason against idealism as Dr. Johnson did, who as Boswell tells us, struck " his foot with mighty force against a large stone till he rebounded from it, saying, ' I refute it thus.' " Berkeley did not deny the idea of solidity, or the uniformity of the...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson ... Comprising a Series of His Epistolary ...

James Boswell - English literature - 1890 - 526 pages
...of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that everything one could have been pleased with such fantastical stuff. Mrs. Thrale lo refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with a stout exemplification of they? rst truths of...
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A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and ..., Volume 1

Samuel Austin Allibone - American literature - 1899 - 3140 pages
...and that every thing in the universe Is siinply UeaL 1 obserred, that though we were satisfied bis doctrine Is not true, it is Impossible to refute It I never shall forget the alvrlty with which Johnson answered, striking his fist with Bilghty force against a large stone, till...
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A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and ..., Volume 1

Samuel Austin Allibone - American literature - 1899 - 3140 pages
...Is simply IdeaL 1 observed, that though we were satisfied his doctrine Is not true, it la impoefiiMe to refute It. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his flst with Bifchty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, ' I refate it thus.' This...
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English Men of Letters: Pope, by Leslie Stephen, 1900; Johnson by Leslie ...

1900
...creature was its own tormentor, and I believe its name was Boswell." He refuted Berkeley by Btriking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it. As the ship put out to sea Boswell watched him from the deck, whilst he remained " rolling his majestic...
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Points at Issue and Some Other Points

Henry Augustin Beers - English literature - 1904 - 273 pages
...of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry, to prove the non-existence of matter and that everything in the universe is merely ideal. I observed that,...force against a large stone till he rebounded from it, ' Sir, I refute it tlmsS " This method of refutation is by no means obsolete. One still finds popular...
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