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Single Idea 6732

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

Full Idea

When I shut my eyes, the things I saw may still exist, but it must be in another mind.

Gist of Idea

When I shut my eyes, the things I saw may still exist, but in another mind

Source

George Berkeley (The Principles of Human Knowledge [1710], 90)

Book Reference

Berkeley,George: 'The Principles of Human Knowledge etc.', ed/tr. Warnock,G.J. [Fontana 1962], p.110


A Reaction

This strikes me as ridiculous. What kind of theory says that a table goes out of existence when someone forgets to look at it for a moment, but is then recreated in identical form? Epistemology is not ontology.