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Nature volume 154, page 593 (11 November 1944) | Download Citation



IN this lecture, given before the British Academy, Dr. A. A. Luce comes forth as an explicit defendant of the doctrine that there is no such thing as matter. There are periods in the history of philosophy when immaterialism becomes fashionable. Bishop Berkeley, in his "Principles", and Collier, in his "Clavis Universalis", arrived independently at the doctrine in the early years of the eighteenth century. Dr. Luce's lecture throws great light on the intellectual soil which gives rise to such a doctrine.

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