This title was first published in 2001. Idealism, Metaphysics and Community examines the place of idealism in contemporary philosophy, and its relation to problems of metaphysics, political thought, and the study of the history of philosophy. Following an extensive introduction by the editor, and drawing on the work of the Canadian idealist, Leslie Armour, the book is divided into three main parts: Part 1 focuses on F.H.Bradley; Part 2 examines metaphysical issues and idealism, such as the realism/anti-realism debate, the relation of classical and idealist metaphysics, rational psychology, time and eternity, and the divine; Part 3 draws on idealism to address contemporary concerns in ethical theory, political philosophy, social philosophy and culture and the history of philosophy. Presenting new insights into the work of classical and contemporary authors, this book provides a better understanding of classical idealism and addresses important areas of contemporary philosophical, social and political concern.
'This book informs and challenges the reader by offering an alternative to the mainstream discussions of individuality, community and culture.' Political Studies
Contents: Introduction: Idealism, metaphysics and community in the 20th century, William Sweet; Idealism: Primus inter pares: D.C. Stove among the idealists, Hugo Meynell; F.H. Bradley’s absolute, or rationality transmuted, Lee F. Werth; Bradley and Green on relations, W.J. Mander; F.H. Bradley on conflict of interest, Don MacNiven; F.H. Bradley’s metaphysics of feeling and the theory of relations, James Bradley; Metaphysics: Anti anti-realism, John Leslie; St. Thomas and infinite causal regress, Lawrence Dewan, o.p.; Leslie Armour, Spinoza and rational psychology, James Thomas; The suffering reality of reasoning and love: Kierkegaard’s attempt to overcome epistemological scepticism, Vidar Lande; On time and eternity, Thomas De Koninck; Community: Radhakrishnan’s concept of universal liberation, Kevin Sullivan; The act/rule dispute, Richard M. Fox; Conceptualizing community in order to realize it, Brenda Wirkus; Religious belief and community, William Sweet; Cultural diversity and national identity in Canadian political philosophy, David Lea; A history of the history of philosophy in Canada, Bradley Russell Munro; Cows, wolves and the absolute, Elizabeth Trott; Canadian nationalism and Canadian philosophy, Robin Mathews; Afterword: Beyond idealism?, William Sweet; Bibliography of the works of Leslie Armour; Index.
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