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Toggle navigation. Have you forgotten your login? Directions of work or proceedings. Claire Schwartz AuthorId : Author. Hide details. Abstract : It was on returning from America, where his missionary project had been brought to an end, that Berkeley published Alciphron: or, the Minute Philosopher. The seven dialogues of the work realise, on a theoretical level, what Berkeley had wanted to undertake in more practical terms: to spread Christianity and, above all, to fight the epidemic of free-thinking, it is essential to state basic principles for the training of educators.
It is the task of these people to open the eyes and the spirits of human beings, which the seductive but reductive words of the free-thinkers and atheists tend to blind. Only the watching eye of a spectator capable of regarding at a distance the harmonious totality of natural laws disposed by the providence of God may counteract the frivolous pedantry of libertines fixed on their own egoistic interests.
This is how Berkeley proposes to train educators, in order that they may, in their turn, enable others to know how to separate the wheat from the chaff; that is to say, to distinguish good from bad. This publication presents the complete English text of Alciphron in the second edition , and studies by European scholars. Identifiers HAL Id : halshs, version 1. Berkeley's Alciphron. English Text and Essays in Interpretation. Georg Olms Verlag, pp. Metrics Record views. Contact support.
Berkeley's Alciphron. English Text and Essays in Interpretation
Alciphron , or The Minute Philosopher is an philosophical dialogue by the 18th-century Irish philosopher George Berkeley wherein Berkeley combated the arguments of free-thinkers such as Mandeville and Shaftesbury against the Christian religion. It was first published in The dialogue is primarily between four characters, the free-thinkers Alciphron and Lysicles, Berkeley's spokesman Euphranor, and Crito, who serves as a spokesman for traditional Christianity. The mostly-silent narrator of the dialogue is given the name Dion. In a later work, The Theory of Vision Vindicated and Explained first published in , Berkeley adduced the work of Alberto Radicati as evidence that the views advocated by the character Lysicles were not overly exaggerated para. The work expressed Berkeley's opposition to Catholicism. In it, he suggested that freethinking, by damaging Protestantism, would leave England open to conversion by Roman Catholic missionaries.
Alciphron; or, The Minute Philosopher