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" Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, "I refute it thus. "
Parriana: Miscellaneous materials bearing on Parr's controversies - Page 73
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British Biography: A Reader

Carl Edmund Rollyson - Biography & Autobiography - 2005 - 308 pages
...talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is...force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it,—"I refute it thus." This was a stout exemplification of the first truths ofPere Bouffier, or...
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How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions

Francis Wheen - History - 2005 - 327 pages
...together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the nonexistence of matter and that everything in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that...doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I shall never forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against...
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An Imaginative Whig: Reassessing the Life and Thought of Edmund Burke

Ian Crowe - Biography & Autobiography - 2005 - 247 pages
...diverted into politics, but Johnson based his own criticisms on the self-evidence of material reality ("I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson...his foot with mighty force against a large stone, til he rebounded from it, 'I refute it thus.'") and an intuition of absurdity: "Being in company with...
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Philosophy in the Ancient World: An Introduction

James A. Arieti - Philosophy - 2005 - 386 pages
...matter. Describing the moment, James Boswell writes, "I observed, that though we are satisfied that his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I shall never forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against...
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Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public

Andrew Franta - Literary Criticism - 2007
...response to Berkeley nevertheless affords an illuminating point of comparison. When Boswell observes, "that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. ... Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded...
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