Single Idea 6724

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism / c. Empirical idealism]

Full Idea

It is evident that there is not any other Substance than spirit, or that which perceives.

Gist of Idea

The only substance is spirit, or that which perceives


George Berkeley (The Principles of Human Knowledge [1710], 7)

Book Reference

Berkeley,George: 'The Principles of Human Knowledge etc.', ed/tr. Warnock,G.J. [Fontana 1962], p.68

A Reaction

Weird. To say that this is 'evident' seems to be begging the question. Why should he assume that there is nothing more to reality than his perception of it? He seems strangely unimaginative.