The Enlightenment Period

George Berkeley

Why is George Berkeley considered either an aberration or an obstacle?

Berkeley is an aberration insofar as his ideas defy common sense to the point of being dismissible as simple absurdities. He is an obstacle insofar as he founded a powerful and enduring school of thought that dominated some areas of philosophy in the nineteenth century and evolved into very perplexing progressive movements in the twentieth and, it now seems, twenty-first centuries.


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