A History of Eighteenth Century Literature 1660-1780

A History of Eighteenth Century Literature 1660-1780

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...It was not, however, until late in 1728 that he succeeded in starting for America; and then not for Bermuda but for Rhode Island. In January 1729 he landed near Newport, with a newly married wife, and there bought an inland farm and built a house. The plan for an endowed university never came to anything, for Walpole took care to wreck it. Berkeley VI BERKELEY'S "ALCIPHRON" 201 settled down to the composition of his Akiphron, which is reported to have been written in a cave on the shore of Rhode Island. It is said that Berkeley was one of the early benefactors of Yale College. This strange philosophic exile in America--a period of great calm and happiness in his life--closed, after three years, at the end of 1731. He settled, not at Derry, of which he still was dean, but in London. As John Stuart Mill has remarked, the leading purpose of Berkeley as a philosopher was to vanquish the freethinkers. He pushed this polemical intention a little too far in his next work, Akiphron, or the Minute Philosopher, 1732, in which his main attack is upon Shaftesbury and Mandeville. This is the longest of Berkeley's books, and perhaps the most easy for the outsider to understand; philosophers have condemned it as the least valuable. The scene of the book is laid in Rhode Island, and the form is that of the Platonic dialogue, in its most polished and graceful shape. The dialogues are seven, and there is a slight setting of landscape to each, with a hint of woods and gardens, and the distant hallo of the fox-hunter. Akiphron was abundantly attacked, and the doctrine of immaterialism proved doubly unwelcome when it was seen to be used as an argument against atheism, whose genteel professors the author sneered at as "minute philosophers." "I...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236612930
  • 9781236612939