On the Nature and Elements of the External World: Or, Universal Immaterialism Fully Explained and Newly Demonstrated

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Churchill, 1862 - Matter - 269 pages

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Page 64 - ... all those bodies which compose the mighty frame of the world, have not any subsistence without a mind, that their being is to be perceived or known ; that consequently so long as they are not actually perceived by me, or do not exist in my mind or that of any other created spirit, they must either have no existence at all, or else subsist in the mind of some Eternal Spirit...
Page 16 - So much understanding, so much knowledge, so much innocence, and such humility, I did not think had been the portion of any but angels, till I saw this gentleman...
Page 148 - We know this only, that we nothing know," induced many of the wisest among the Ancients, and some of the most enlightened among the Moderns, to " believe, that the whole Creation was rather an energy than a work, by which the Infinite Being, who is present at all times...
Page 149 - The fundamental tenet of the Vedanta school consisted not in denying the existence of matter, that is, of solidity, impenetrability, and extended figure (to deny which would be lunacy), but in correcting the popular notion of it, and in contending that it has no essence independent of mental perception ; that existence and perceptibility are convertible terms.
Page 243 - The world has been so long befooled by hypotheses in all parts of philosophy, that it is of the utmost consequence to every man, who would make any progress in real knowledge, to treat them with just contempt, as the reveries of vain and fanciful men, whose pride makes them conceive themselves able to unfold the mysteries of nature by the force of their genius.

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