A "false persuasion" "implanted in the mind" by prejudice may be rooted out

— Berkeley, George (1685-1753)

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A "false persuasion" "implanted in the mind" by prejudice may be rooted out
Metaphor in Context
The consideration of motion may furnish a new field for inquiry: But since the manner wherein the mind apprehends by sight the motion of tangible objects, with the various degrees thereof, may be easily collected, from what hath been said concerning the manner wherein that sense doth suggest their various distances, magnitudes, and situations, I shall not enlarge any farther on this subject, but proceed to inquire what may be alledged with greatest appearance of reason, against the proposition we have shewn to be true: For where there is so much prejudice to be encountered, a bare and naked demonstration of the truth will scarce suffice. We must also satisfy the scruples that men may raise in favour of their preconceived notions, shew whence the mistake arises, how it came to spread, and carefully disclose and root out those false persuasions that an early prejudice might have implanted in the mind.
(§138 p. 227)

Past Masters
Past Masters electronic version of The Works of George Berkeley, Eds. T. E. Jessop and A. A. Luce, vol. I (Desirée Park: Thomas Nelson, 1979). <e-text of first edition edited by David R. Wilkins>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.