Berkeley, George (1685–1753)
In his Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713) and Alciphron, or the Minute Philosopher (1732), Berkeley for the existence of numerous worlds inhabited by different degrees of intelligence. He countered the anti-Christian objection that there is more bad in the world than good, by suggesting that the Earth and its sinners might bear "no greater proportion to the universe of intelligences than a dungeon doth to a kingdom."
His visit to Rhode Island (1728–31) is commemorated in the name Berkeley, California.
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