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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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Idealism and the Absolute

Idealism and the Absolute

(p.124) 6 Idealism and the Absolute
An Introduction to Bradley's Metaphysics

W. J. Mander

Oxford University Press

The harmonious reconciliation of difference and identity provides F. H. Bradley with the abstract skeleton or pattern which reality must possess. However, there is much more to the Absolute than just this. Bradley claims that the Absolute is one system, and its contents are nothing but sentient experience. It has been argued that idealism, rather than something Bradley seriously argued for, needs to be seen as one of his initial and most basic assumptions. This chapter explores what Bradley means by claiming that reality is experience by considering the arguments that he advances in favour of this position. It also examines his metaphysical views about objective and subjective idealism and the connection between relations and idealism.

Keywords:   F. H. Bradley, philosophy, metaphysics, idealism, reality, experience, Absolute, relations

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