Starting with Berkeley

by Nick Jones

Part of the Starting with... Series

Starting with Berkeley Synopsis

This book presents a new introduction to Berkeley, guiding the student through the key concepts of his work by examining the overall development of Berkeley's ideas. George Berkeley (1685-1753) was one of the most important and influential philosophers in the history of Western thought. He is most famous for his controversial denial of the existence of matter, and for his 'idealism' - the claim that everyday objects are simply collections of ideas in the mind. Starting with Berkeley provides a detailed overview of Berkeley's philosophy, a user-friendly guide to the interpretation of his arguments, and the opportunity for the reader to critically engage with Berkeley's philosophical moves via an examination of some of the common objections which have been raised against them. Crucially, the book also introduces the major philosophical figures and theories that influenced and inspired Berkeley's thinking and gives a clear sense of the controversy that surrounds the interpretation and evaluation of his ideas. Nick Jones explores the full range of Berkeley's key philosophical concepts in this ideal introduction for anyone coming to the work of Berkeley for the first time. Continuum's Starting with... series offers clear, concise and accessible introductions to the key thinkers in philosophy. The books explore and illuminate the roots of each philosopher's work and ideas, leading readers to a thorough understanding of the key influences and philosophical foundations from which his or her thought developed. Ideal for first-year students starting out in philosophy, the series will serve as the ideal companion to study of this fascinating subject.

Starting with Berkeley Press Reviews

Does the world need more monographs on major philosophers? It does when they are as well written as the 'Starting with' series... In addition to lucid discussions of Berkeley's life and writings, Jones includes tips and strategies for analyzing philosophical arguments... Summing up: Recommended -Choice 'A truly first-rate introduction to Berkeley's philosophy and, indeed, to the early modern period as a whole. I can think of no better book to recommend to a student, or anyone for that matter, picking up Berkeley for the first time. Jones is a master teacher.' - Metascience ...a truly first-rate introduction to Berkeley's philosophy and, indeed, to the early modern period as a whole. I can think of no better book to recommend to a student, or anyone for that matter, picking up Berkeley for the first time.--Sanford Lakoff

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847061874
Publication date: 25th June 2009
Author: Nick Jones
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900,

About Nick Jones

Nick Jones is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, UK.

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