Antedating of "Idealism"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 24 13:42:52 UTC 2004

idealism (OED 1796)

1773 Denis Diderot _An essay on blindness_ 50 (Eighteenth Century
Collections Online)  Idealism deserves very well to be reported to him;
and this hypothesis is as a double incentive for him, its singularity, and
much more the difficulty of refuting its principles, they being precisely
the same as those of Berkeley.

Fred Shapiro

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