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An Introduction to Bradley's Metaphysics$
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W. J. Mander

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240907.001.0001

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Methodology and Metaphysics

Methodology and Metaphysics

(p.1) 1 Methodology and Metaphysics
An Introduction to Bradley's Metaphysics

W. J. Mander

Oxford University Press

It is almost inevitable that anyone schooled in contemporary Anglo-American philosophy will feel a not inconsiderable sense of dislocation should they turn to consider such a topic as the metaphysical theories of F. H. Bradley. For, notwithstanding the possibility that a deeper understanding of his thought may yield significant similarities with modern approaches, the initial impression at least is one of a great difference. His subject-matter, metaphysics, even if it is no longer something to dismiss out of court, is a subject that, to this day, is rarely undertaken in such a bold and speculative fashion. The net result is that, although only one hundred years old, his chief metaphysical work, Appearance and Reality, seems more distant to those unfamiliar with it than numerous works many times its age. This chapter discusses Bradley's approach to philosophy and his metaphysics, focusing on his views about the link between truth and satisfaction, immediate experience, and his use of the so-called ideal experiment in his philosophy. The relation between metaphysics and logic is also considered.

Keywords:   F. H. Bradley, philosophy, metaphysics, logic, ideal experiment, truth, satisfaction, immediate experience

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