Reassesses the Anglo-American idealist movement, which dominated philosophical thinking at the turn of the century.
At the turn of the century, philosophical thinking on both sides of the Atlantic was dominated by the idealist movement, a school of thought that influenced the rise of both pragmatism and analytic philosophy. The essays in this edited collection introduce and critically assess the central themes of the main Anglo-American idealists, considering the philosophical arguments in their own context and terms, but also connecting them to current debates. The figures and topics covered include T. H. Green on the common good, Edward Caird on evolution, F. H. Bradley on relations, Bosanquet's view of the state, Royce's concept of the absolute, McTaggart's timeless personalism, Joachim's theory of truth, and Collingwood's philosophy of history. The introduction provides a contextual overview of the movement, which, as a philosophy superseded by a more modern approach, was first subjected to much hostile criticism, then ignored, and is now once again beginning to interest historians of philosophy.
Preface Introduction T. H. Green's "Metaphysics of Knowledge" by Anthony Quinton T. H. Green and Henry Sidgwick on the "Profoundest Problem of Ethics" by Avital Simhony Caird's Developmental Absolutism by W.J. Mander Caird on Kant and the Refutation of Scepticism by Phillip Ferreira Caird, Watson and the Reconcilitation of Opposites by Elizabeth Trott Bradley's Chain Argument by James W. Allard Philosophy and Ideology in Bosanquet's Political Theory by Geoffrey Thomas Bernard Bosanquet and the Nature of Religious Belief by William Sweet The Absolute Idealism of Josiah Royce by T.L.S. Sprigge Love, Reason, and Reality: Argument and Emotion in McTaggart's System by Leslie Armour Joachim on the Nature of Truth by Ralph Walker Collingwood: The Idea of History, the History of History and the Philosophy of History by David Holdcroft Bibliography Index
Reviews The scope of this volume constitutes a well-needed comprehensive analysis of come of the important figures and original ideas predominantly associated with the Anglo-American Idealism of the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries.—Philosophy in Review