A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley. - HTML preview

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What I here make public has, after a long and scrupulous inquiry, seemed

to me evidently true and not unuseful to be known--

particularly to those

who are tainted with Scepticism, or want a demonstration of the existence

and immateriality of God, or the natural immortality of the soul. Whether

it be so or no I am content the reader should impartially examine; since

I do not think myself any farther concerned for the success of what I

have written than as it is agreeable to truth. But, to the end this may

not suffer, I make it my request that the reader suspend his judgment

till he has once at least read the whole through with that degree of

attention and thought which the subject-matter shall seem to deserve.

For, as there are some passages that, taken by themselves, are very

liable (nor could it be remedied) to gross misinterpretation, and to be

charged with most absurd consequences, which, nevertheless, upon an

entire perusal will appear not to follow from them; so likewise, though

the whole should be read over, yet, if this be done transiently, it is

very probable my sense may be mistaken; but to a thinking reader, I

flatter myself it will be throughout clear and obvious.

As for the

characters of novelty and singularity which some of the following notions

may seem to bear, it is, I hope, needless to make any apology on that

account. He must surely be either very weak, or very little acquainted

with the sciences, who shall reject a truth that is capable of

demonstration, for no other reason but because it is newly known, and

contrary to the prejudices of mankind. Thus much I thought fit to

premise, in order to prevent, if possible, the hasty censures of a sort

of men who are too apt to condemn an opinion before they rightly

comprehend it.