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British Idealism -- prompted on the finish of the eighteenth century via the nature of German Idealist inspiration constructed by way of Kant, Fichte and Hegel -- started to identify its roots through the heart of the 19th century and speedily grew to become the dominant British philosophy. it all started to be challenged on the flip of the century by means of philosophers together with Bertrand Russell and by way of the tip of the 1st global warfare it used to be at the retreat, even though its philosophical reverberations are nonetheless obtrusive. Testimony to this truth is the significant renaissance of Idealist reviews, and especially within the works of its newest twentieth-century exponents, Michael Oakeshott and R.G. Collingwood. This ebook deals an advent to British Idealism via a examine of every of the seven key thinkers -- T. H. eco-friendly, Bernard Bosanquet, F. H. Bradley, Henry Jones, David Ritchie, R. G. Collingwood, and Michael Oakeshott. It explores the non secular, political, ethical, ideological, and financial issues that underpin their paintings, stressing the relevance in their philosophy -- with the emphasis on social cohesiveness and the connection among person and collective accountability -- to present politics.Written via of the major specialists within the box, it is a useful textual content that would introduce the speculation of British Idealism to a huge variety of readers.

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British Idealism -- prompted on the finish of the eighteenth century via the nature of German Idealist suggestion built through Kant, Fichte and Hegel -- started to determine its roots throughout the heart of the 19th century and swiftly turned the dominant British philosophy. it all started to be challenged on the flip of the century via philosophers together with Bertrand Russell and by way of the top of the 1st global struggle it was once at the retreat, even if its philosophical reverberations are nonetheless obtrusive.

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76. 77. 78. ), Before Beveridge:Welfare before the Welfare State (London, Institute of Economic Affairs, 1999). This section has been added at the request of the Editorial Board at Edinburgh University Press. W. R. Boyce Gibson Papers, University of Melbourne, Correspondence, 1/15. Dates 14 January, 1914. HTL (H. ’, The Arts Journal of the University of Sydney, 4 (1921), 81. S. A. Grave, Philosophy in Australia (Brisbane, University of Brisbane Press, 1978) 19. ‘Apostle of Ideas’, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 July 1908; ‘Philosophy and Modern Life’, Sydney Daily Telegraph, 11 July 1908.

Collingwood, ‘The Metaphysics of F. H. Bradley: An Essay on Appearance and Reality’. Unpublished manuscript, Collingwood Papers, Bodleian Library, Oxford. 15. Henry Jones, The Philosophy of Martineau (London, Macmillan, 1905), 20–1. See Boucher and Vincent, Radical Hegelian, ch. 2, also Andrew Vincent, ‘The Individual in Hegelian Thought’, Idealist Studies, vol. XII, no. 2 (1982), 156–68. 16. Seth Pringle-Pattison, for example, objected to Absolute Idealism’s ‘unification of consciousness in a single Self ’.

G. Ritchie, Darwinism and Politics (London, Swan Sonnenschein, 1901), 100–1. Also see pp. 131–2. 27. See Ritchie, Darwin and Hegel, 47. 28. D. G. Ritchie, The Principles of State Interference (London, Swan Sonnenschein, 1896: 2nd edn), 44. 29. Edward Caird, The Evolution of Religion (Glasgow, Maclehose, 1899), vol. I, 45. 30. Edward Caird, The Critical Philosophy of Kant (Glasgow, Maclehose, 1889), vol. I, 35. 31. Henry Jones, Idealism as a Practical Creed (Glasgow, Maclehose, 1909), 29. Elsewhere he argues that the power of the idea of evolution has ‘transfigured the world’.

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