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Douglas Packard


The philosophy of Berkeley is perplexing at first, confounding our common sense by denying the materialist position entirely, though his arguments are seemingly irrefutable. There are however, uncertainties and inconsistencies within it, particularly with regards to what sort of mechanisms, so to speak, could clarify his ideas into something well defined. In other words, what are the metaphysics that desecribe the idealistic world envisioned by Berkeley? This paper will show how the use of Leibniz' Monadology can fill in these gaps, provide alternate and consistent explanations, and generally make Berkeley's views easier to digest.

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