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Berkeley: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Berkeley: A Guide for the Perplexed by Talia Mae Bettcher
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This is a student's guide to the philosophy of George Berkeley, one of the most widely-studied philosophers, whose work and ideas students can find particularly challenging.George Berkeley was an idealist and an extraordinarily eloquent man of letters. Yet his views are traditionally regarded as wild and extravagant. He is well known for his departure from common sense, yet perversely represents himself as siding with 'the common folk', presenting a complex challenge for students."Berkeley: A Guide for the Perplexed" is a clear and thorough account of Berkeley's philosophy.

The book covers the whole range of Berkeley's philosophical work, offering an accessible review of his views on philosophy and common sense and the nature of philosophical perplexity, together with an examination of his two major philosophical works, "The Principles of Human Knowledge" and "Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous". Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of Berkeley's thought, the book provides a cogent and reliable survey of the various concepts and paradoxes of his thought. This is the ideal companion to the study of this most influential and challenging of philosophers.Continuum's "Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering.

Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I: Preliminaries; 1. The Man and his Philosophy; 2. Berkeley's Project; 3. The Fundamental Assumptions; Part II: Basic Idealism; 4. Idealism in the Dialogues; 5. Spiritualism in the Principles; Part III: Theocentric Idealism; 6. Divine Governance; 7. Divine Knowledge; Further Reading; Index.

Author Biography

Talia Mae Bettcher is Associate Professor in Philosophy at California State University, USA.
Release date NZ
November 13th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
1, black & white illustrations
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
224
Dimensions
140x216x12
ISBN-13
9780826489913
Product ID
2576255

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