Alciphron: or, The Minute Philosopher. In Seven Dialogues. Containing an Apology for the Christian Religion, against those who are called Free-thinker. 2 Vols
by Berkeley, George
London: Printed for J. Tonson in the Strand, 1732. First edition. Hardcover. vg to vg+. Octavo. (12) 350, (8) 358pp. Rebound in tan cloth with brown lettering on leather labels of spine. Engraved with title vignettes. Decorative initials, head and end pieces. Text blocks completely washed. Bound with third edition of "An Essay Towards A New Theory of Vision" on pages 211-358 of the second volume, originally published in 1709. Alciphron is a defense of Christianity against the so-called free-thinkers, a philosophical viewpoint proposing that positions on truth ought to be based on logic, reason, and empiricism. The bulk of this work was written during Berkeley's stay near Newport, Rhode Island while waiting for a grant from the British Parliament to establish a seminary in Bermuda. The grant didn't materialize and, after Berkeley's return to London, he published Alciphron in 1732 which garnered more attention than any of his previously published works. His bound-in "Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision" is an empirical account of the perception of distance, magnitude, and figure and though Berkeley maintained that it has a connection to his later work, the connection is hotly contested among scholars.Both volumes contain a white label pasted to inside front covers with handwritten owner's reference from 1747. Vol. 1 with pencil notes on free endpaper opposite title page and very few markings in text. Vol. 2 with pencil notes on back free endpaper and very few pencil markings in margins of block. Binding in overall very good. interior in very good+ condition.
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