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By David Boucher

British Idealism -- encouraged on the finish of the eighteenth century via the nature of German Idealist inspiration built via Kant, Fichte and Hegel -- started to identify its roots through the center 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 means of the top of the 1st international battle it used to be at the retreat, even supposing its philosophical reverberations are nonetheless obtrusive. Testimony to this truth is the huge renaissance of Idealist reports, and especially within the works of its most up-to-date twentieth-century exponents, Michael Oakeshott and R.G. Collingwood. This publication 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 subject matters 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 by means of of the major specialists within the box, it is a necessary textual content that would introduce the speculation of British Idealism to a extensive diversity of readers.

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Seth Pringle-Pattison, The Idea of God in the Light of Recent Philosophy (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1920), 266. 20. The success of Darwin’s theory was, of course, possible because of the great strides made in geology and palaeontology in establishing that the Christian view that the earth was created a little over 4,000 years ago was a gross underestimation. 21. Lionel Stevenson, ‘Darwin Among the Poets’ (1932). Reprinted in Darwin, selected and edited by Philip Appleman (New York, Norton, 1979), 519.

We also assume that they have capacities for reason and morality. 11 In summary, the problem of liberalism, for Rawls, is reasonable pluralism. Citizens will disagree about metaphysical and moral issues. However, we can draw upon the ‘conditions of possibility’ of interaction within liberal democratic culture. These provide a minimal structure of principles, of practical reason, which supply a regulative political groundwork for cooperation, in – 30 – 02 pages 001-248 1/9/00 11:23 am Page 31 T.

35. Caird, Evolution of Religion, vol. 1, p. x. Cf. 24–5, and 27. 36. Henry Jones, A Faith that Enquires (London, Macmillan, 1910), 98. 37. G. W. F. , 1967), p. 7. 38. Henry Jones, for example, believed that the practical purpose should be broad enough to make the universe an accomplice in the plot. Henry Jones, ‘Francis Hutcheson’, a discourse delivered in the University of Glasgow on Commemoration Day, 18 April 1906 (Glasgow, Maclehose, 1906), 20. The argument against the practical role of philosophy is covered in this volume in the Bradley and Oakeshott essays.

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