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Idealism and the Absolute

W. J. Mander

in An Introduction to Bradley's Metaphysics

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198240907
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240907.003.0006
Idealism and the Absolute

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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

Chapter.  4375 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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