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British Idealism and Social Explanation
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British Idealism and Social Explanation: A Study in Late Victorian Thought

Sandra M. den Otter

Abstract

Idealism became the dominant philosophical school of thought in late 19th-century Britain. In this study, the text examines its roots in Greek and German thinking and locates it among the prevalent methodologies and theories of the period: empiricism and positivism, naturalism, evolution, and utilitarianism. In particular, the book sets it in the context of the late 19th- and early 20th-century debate about a science of society and the contemporary preoccupation with ‘community’. The new discipline of sociology was closely tied to the study of and search for community, and the book shows how t ... More

Keywords: idealism, philosophical, Greek, German thinking, society, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206002
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206002.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra M. den Otter, author
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

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