This volume is devoted to a critical discussion and re-appraisal of the work of Anglo-American Idealists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Idealism was the dominant philosophy in Britain and the entire English-speaking world during the last decades of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. The British Idealists made important contributions to logic, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of history, philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind. Their legacy awaits further exploration and reassessment, and this book is a contribution to this task. The essays in this collection display many aspects of contemporary concern with idealistic philosophy: they range from treatments of logic to consideration of the Absolute, personal idealism, the philosophy of religion, philosophy of art, philosophy of action, and moral and political philosophy. During the first decade of the twenty-first century, the work of the Anglo-American Idealists has once again been widely discussed and re-considered, and new pathways of research and investigation have been opened.
James Connelly is Professor of Politics at the University of Hull. He is the author of Metaphysics, Method and Politics: The Political Philosophy of R.G. Collingwood (2003) and various articles on the idealists. He is co-author of Politics and the Environment (2003) and is currently writing Sustainability and the Virtues of Environmental Citizenship. Stamatoula Panagakou is Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus. She has taught at the Universities of York, Durham, Newcastle and Manchester. She has been awarded fellowships from the NATO Science Fellowships Programme, the Lilian Voudouri Foundation and the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. She specialises in political philosophy and the history of political thought and is a founding member of the PSA British Idealism Specialist Group.
Contents: James Connelly/Stamatoula Panagakou: Introduction - James W. Allard: The Idealistic Transformation of Logic - Elizabeth Trott: Is the Absolute Obsolete? Idealism in Transition in the Philosophy of Leslie Armour - Leslie Armour: Rethinking the Absolute - Joseph P. McGinn: The One, the Many, and the Infinite: Royce's Quest for a Middle Way - Efraim Podoksik: The Idealism of Young Oakeshott - Jan Olof Bengtsson: Idealism and the Pantheistic Revolution: The `Big Picture' and Why it is Needed - Stamatoula Panagakou: The Kingdom of God on Earth: Religion and Ethics in the Philosophy of Bernard Bosanquet - T. L. S. Sprigge: The Problem of Evil for Absolute Idealism - Karim Dharamsi: Mind as Action: Reflections on Collingwood and the Cause-Reason Divide - Timothy Lord: R. G. Collingwood's Response to Oxbridge Meta-Ethics: Hierarchical Moral Pluralism - Derrick Darby: Taking Individuals Seriously: New Liberalism and Rights - Chris Colgan: The Ideal of Charity in the Realist Age - Gary Browning: Collingwood, Hegel and the Owl of Minerva - Sverre Wide: Absolute Presuppositions and the Limits of Reason: Some Aspects of the Philosophy of Collingwood - T J. Rosser: Collingwood, Heidegger and the Art of Being - Marie-Luise Raters: Art, Feeling and Truth: The Central Problem of the Aesthetics of Anglo-Saxon Idealism - Philip MacEwen: Edward Caird, Northrop Frye and Kant Scholarship.