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System and Scepticism

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/9780198240907.003.0008
System and Scepticism

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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

Chapter.  3911 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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