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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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System and Scepticism

System and Scepticism

(p.156) 8 System and Scepticism
An Introduction to Bradley's Metaphysics

W. J. Mander

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers some general questions concerning the interpretation of F. H. Bradley's philosophy and demonstrates how his philosophy reconciles sceptical epistemology and constructive metaphysics. Two important questions concern Bradley's main influences and the relative roles of logic and metaphysics in his philosophy. It has been remarked that Bradley's philosophy contains an unusual combination of cautious scepticism about the faculty of human thought and courageous system-building in the grand style. Initial evidence of this combination of scepticism and system-building is not hard to find. Many of the same Hegelian system-building tendencies are to be found in Bradley's own thought. Although there are significant differences between Bradley and David Hume, the similarities between them are far greater than has usually been noticed.

Keywords:   F. H. Bradley, philosophy, metaphysics, logic, scepticism, David Hume, system-building

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