Idealism and Rights discusses the theory of rights of the British idealist political philosopher, Bernard Bosanquet. Bosanquet's political philosophy, like that of the British idealists in general, has long been subject to misunderstanding and prejudice. Yet its practical influence, in Great Britain and its empire from the late nineteenth until the mid-twentieth centuries, was profound.
William Sweet is Professor of Philosophy at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Chapter 1 List of Abbreviations Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 The Foundation of Rights in "Theories of the first look" Chapter 5 Bosanquet's Theory of Rights Chapter 6 Bosanquet's Social Ontology of Rights I: Teleology, the Individual and the General Will Chapter 7 Bosanquet's Social Ontology of Rights II: Society and the State Chapter 8 Bosanquet's Theory of Rights: An Assessment Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index