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Single Idea 6228

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / D. Empiricism / 5. Empiricism Critique]

Full Idea

The sight cannot judge of sounds, nor the hearing of light and colours; wherefore that which judges of all the senses and their several objects, cannot be itself any sense, but something of a superior nature.

Gist of Idea

Senses cannot judge one another, so what judges senses cannot be a sense, but must be superior


Ralph Cudworth (On Eternal and Immutable Morality [1688], Ch.II.VI.1)

Book Reference

'British Moralists 1650-1800 Vol. 1', ed/tr. Raphael,D.D. [Hackett 1991], p.115

A Reaction

How nice to find a seventeenth century English writer rebelling against empiricism!