T. H. Green
T. H. Green was not only the first significant English idealist, in the more or less Germanic sense of the term. He was also one of the first English professional philosophers since the Cambridge Platonists. There had been rumblings of Germanic idealism before Green came into view, in Coleridge and J. H. Stirling, but they were more of a kind to excite interest than to reward close study. Green was the true originator of the school and was clearly so regarded by his contemporaries, as is made clear by the devotional tone of the Essays in Philosophical Criticism that came out just after his death. This chapter subjects the ‘metaphysics of knowledge’ presented in the first eighty or so pages of the Prolegomena to Ethics to critical examination. Its main theses are that mind cannot be part of nature since it makes nature.
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