The History of a Philosophy
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Author(s): Jeremy Dunham, Iain Hamilton Grant and Sean Watson  
ISBN: 1844652416
ISBN-13: 9781844652419
Publication Date: 24 Feb 2011
Pages: 320 (234 x 156mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £18.99
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The rediscovery of Idealism is an unmistakable feature of contemporary philosophy. Heavily criticised by the dominant philosophies of the twentieth century, it is being reconsidered in the twenty-first as a rich and untapped resource for contemporary philosophical arguments and concepts. This volume provides a comprehensive portrait of the major arguments and philosophers in the Idealist tradition.

Idealism is philosophy on a grand scale, combining micro and macroscopic problems into systematic accounts of everything from the nature of the universe to the particulars of human feeling. In consequence, it offers perspectives on everything from the natural to the social sciences, from ecology to critical theory. Since Idealism is sometimes considered anti-science, however, this book places particular emphasis on its naturalism. Written for a broad readership, the book provides the fullest possible introduction to this most philosophical of philosophical movements.

"The book's strength is undoubtedly that it highlights theories and historical contexts that one must regard as crucial for understanding what philosophical idealism amounts to." – Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Jeremy Dunham teaches in the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England. Iain Hamilton Grant is Head of the Philosophy Division at the University of the West of England. Sean Watson is Head of the School of Sociology at the University of the West of England.

Introduction: Why Idealism Matters
Part 1  Ancient Idealism
1. Parmenides and the Birth of Ancient Idealism
2. Plato and Neo-Platonism
Part 2  Early Modern Idealism
3. Phenomenalism and Idealism I: Descartes and Malebranche
4. Phenomenalism and Idealism II: Leibniz and Berkeley
Part 3  German Idealism
5. Immanuel Kant: Cognition, Freedom and Teleology
6. Fichte and the System of Freedom
7. Philosophy of Nature and the Birth of Absolute Idealism: Schelling
8. Hegel and Hegelianism: Mind, Nature and Logic
Part 4  British Idealism
9. British Absolute Idealism: From Green to Bradley
10. Personal Idealism: From Ward to McTaggart
11. Naturalist Idealism: Bernard Bosanquet
12. Criticisms and Persistent Misconceptions of Idealism
13. Actual Occasions and Eternal Objects: The Process Metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead.
Part 5  Contemporary Idealisms
14. Autopoiesis: Idealist Biology I
15. Autonomous Agents: Idealist Biology II
16. Contemporary Philosophical Idealisms

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