Single Idea 3957

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 3. Representation]

Full Idea

Those immediate objects of perception, which, according to you, are only appearances of things, I take to be the real things themselves.

Gist of Idea

Immediate objects of perception, which some treat as appearances, I treat as the real things themselves


George Berkeley (Three Dialogues of Hylas and Philonous [1713], III p.237)

Book Reference

Berkeley,George: 'The Principles of Human Knowledge etc.', ed/tr. Warnock,G.J. [Fontana 1962], p.237

A Reaction

If that is a judgement, which it seems to be, it is a strange one. Realists offer a much better explanation of perceptions.