Single Idea 3931

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 2. Phenomenalism]

Full Idea

Sensible things are nothing else but so many sensible qualities.

Gist of Idea

Sensible objects are just sets of sensible qualities


George Berkeley (Three Dialogues of Hylas and Philonous [1713], I p.154)

Book Reference

Berkeley,George: 'The Principles of Human Knowledge etc.', ed/tr. Warnock,G.J. [Fontana 1962], p.154

A Reaction

As it stands this is phenomenalism, but Berkeley eventually votes for idealism. He should acknowledge possible sensations which aren't actually experienced.