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George Berkeley (1685—1753) Church of Ireland bishop of Cloyne and philosopher

John Locke (1632—1704) philosopher


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The dark side of substance. The thing that bears properties, as opposed to the properties themselves, but conceived as an indescribable ‘something we know not what’, since any characterization of it merely mentions one of the properties with which it has to be contrasted. Berkeley charges Locke, perhaps unfairly, with requiring that this idea be intelligible when, according to Berkeley, it is not.

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