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 discusses the impact of Green's views on his contemporaries and subsequent generations of philosophers. Green's metaphysical and ethical views were sympathetically received and developed in Britain by Bernard Bosanquet, Edward Caird, R. B. Haldane, J. S. Mackenzie, J. H. Muirhead, R. L. Nettleship, Hastings Rashdall, D. G. Ritchie, and Arnold Toynbee. His metaphysical and ethical views also had an influence in the United States. The young John Dewey developed his form of pragmatism out of idealist metaphysical and epistemological claims, and he articulated an ethics of self-realization in conscious response to Green. Later, Brand Blanshard showed the influence of Green, among others, in reacting to the then dominant Logical Positivism by defending a form of absolute idealism and a form of ethical naturalism.

Keywords: T. H. Green; ethical views; metaphysical views; John Dewey; pragmatism; Brand Blanshard

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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