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Philosophy
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Philosophy 2260F/G
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Charles Middleton

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THE FIRST DIALOGUE  Men who have all ages pretended either to believe nothing at all or to believe the most extravagant things in the world  More repugnant to common sense or a more manifest piece of scepticism, than to believe there is no such thing as matter  For such his denial is no more to be esteemed a sceptic than the other  A sceptic was one who doubted of everything, or who denies the reality and truth of things  It were absurd to think God or virtue sensible things  Sensible things you mean those only which can be perceived immediately by sense  Make no inferences deducing therefore of causes or occasions from effects and appearances  If you take away all sensible qualities there remains nothing sensible  To exist is one thing and to be perceived is another  It is a material substance with the sensible qualities inheriting in it  That pain is something distinct from heat and the consequence or effect of it  Sensible pain is nothing distinct from those sensations or ideas  A very violent and painful heat cannot exist without the mind  Intense heat is nothing else but a particular kind of painful sensation; and pain cannot exist but in a perceiving being, it follows that no intense heat can really exist in an unperceiving corporeal substance. But this is no reason why we should deny heat in an inferior degree to exist in such a substance  Degree of heat is a pain exists only in the mind  Indolence it seems to be nothing more than a privation of both pain and pleasure and that such a quality or state as this may agree to an unthinking substance  That no true principle leads to an absurdity  And acknowledge that heat and cold are only sensations existing in our minds. But there still remain qualities enough to secure the reality of external things  Qualities
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