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Title: Berkeley: A Guide for the Perplexed
Author: Bettcher, Talia Mae
Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2008
Paperback; ISBN: 9780826489913
Volumes: 1; Pages: 192
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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.