Single Idea 6713

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 7. Animal Minds]

Full Idea

If the brutes have any ideas at all, and are not bare machines (as some would have them), we cannot deny them to have some reason.

Gist of Idea

If animals have ideas, and are not machines, they must have some reason


George Berkeley (The Principles of Human Knowledge [1710], Intro 11)

Book Reference

Berkeley,George: 'The Principles of Human Knowledge etc.', ed/tr. Warnock,G.J. [Fontana 1962], p.51

A Reaction

It seems possible to imagine a low level of mind, where a few ideas (or concepts) float around, but hardly anything worth the name of reason. However, a Darwinian view suggests that concepts must bestow an advantage, so the two go together.