George Berkeley: Subjective Idealism

So I’ve been reading George Berkeley a lot lately. His philosophy of subjective idealism is rather strange. He seems to be saying that material things don’t exist at all outside of our minds. All that exists are ideas. So when we walk outside of a room, it doesn’t exist anymore because we aren’t perceiving it. However, since God is perceiving the room, it still exists. Such a philosophy seems so totally against common sense though!

Then Berkely starts talking about food and the like. He seems to be saying we are eating ideas not actual physical food! This is hyper-skepticism to the extreme!

Surely there has to be some more charitable interpretation of Berkley. Because as it is, the dude looks like a total loner who spent too much time in his head.

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