Alciphron: or, the Minute Philosopher. In seven dialogues. Containing an Apology for the Christian Religion, against those who are called Freethinkers.

BERKELEY George (1732.)


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Second edition. Two volumes. 8vo. [14], 356; 351, [1] pp. Contemporary quarter calf with marbled paper covered boards, spines lettered in gilt on red morocco labels, red speckled edges (extremities slightly rubbed and bumped, a few minor ink stains to front cover of Vol. 1, otherwise an excellent set). London. Printed for J. Tonson.

The second edition, printed in the same year as first, of George Berkeley's philosophical dialogues countering secular intellectual movements of the early enlightenment espoused by the likes of John Locke and Bernard de Mandeville; who are portrayed as the supercilious free thinkers Alciphron and Lysicles. In opposition, Berkeley uses his characters Euphranor and Crito to defend Christianity and his own epistemology.

"Berkeley wrote the Alciphron dialogues in the years 1729-31 while he was enjoying a rest from more worldly affairs in the pleasant surroundings of Newport, Rhode Island. They constitute a defence of Christianity from the point of view of an Anglican divine, though based on the philosophical beliefs defined in Berkeley's earlier works and is regarded as an outstanding example of English literature among works of philosophy" (Keynes, pp. 36-37). A revision of Berkeley's seminal treatise, An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision (Dublin, 1709), is included, as issued, at the end of the second volume.

Provenance: engraved armorial bookplates of S.W. Beauchamp Proctor to front pastedowns of both volumes.

Stock Code: 229868

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