David O. Brink

in Perfectionism and the Common Good

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780199266401
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600906 | DOI:

Series: Lines of Thought


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This chapter focuses on Green's views on absolute idealism. Green's believes that knowledge and, hence, inquiry presuppose absolute idealism: ‘That there is an unalterable order of relations, if we could only find it out, is the presupposition of all our enquiry into the real nature of appearances; and such unalterableness implies their inclusion in one system which leaves nothing outside itself’. Green recognizes that this may not seem to answer the sceptic who doubts that there is such a system of relations. But he insists that in doubting that there may be an order of relations underlying our individual appearances, the sceptic necessarily presupposes the existence of such an order. This argument aims to show that attempts to articulate scepticism are self-refuting.

Keywords: T. H. Green; idealist; scepticism; absolute idealism

Chapter.  813 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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