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International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI)
University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, 2 - 7 August, 2004

Ninth International Conference

"The Narrative of Modernity: Co-Existence of Differences"

Symposium / Workshop on

British Idealism: Moral and Social Philosophy

Tentative Programme available here
(Tuesday, August 3, 2004 - 9.30-13.15; 15.30-18.30)


Aims and objectives of the Workshop:

The focus of this workshop will be on contributions of the late 19th and early 20th century British Idealists to moral and social theory and practice. Among the authors who will be discussed are T.H. Green, F.H. Bradley, Bernard Bosanquet, D.G. Ritchie, Henry Jones, E. Caird, J.M.E. McTaggart, A.S. Pringle-Pattison, J.S. Mackenzie, R.B. Haldane, Michael Oakeshott, RG Collingwood, John Watson, and RFA Hoernle.
       The British idealists are well known for their contributions to metaphysics, logic, and political philosophy. Nevertheless, idealists also made important contributions to practical issues of social and public policy and to social philosophy, and some provided sophisticated accounts of moral philosophy and moral education. While their views in these areas cannot be entirely separated from their other work, there is reason to think that what the British Idealists had to say on moral and social philosophy and social policy is not only important in its own right (within the history of ideas), but bears on contemporary discussion of applied and practical ethics.
       The proposed workshop will serve, then, as a survey of the British Idealist approaches to moral and social philosophy, as a study of a number of figures (some of whom remain relatively little known today), and as a review of some perspectives that are relevant to moral philosophy and social practice today. While many papers in the workshop will be on figures of the first two generations of idealism in Britain, attention will also be paid to 'later' idealists and to those influenced by them in Canada, the United States, in South Africa, Australia, and India. This will also provide a basis from which to assess the contribution of idealism to later moral and social thought.

Further Information:

Professor William Sweet,
Principal Organiser, ISSEI Workshop on British Idealism,
Department of Philosophy, St Francis Xavier University,
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
Fax 902 867 3243; office telephone 902 867 2341; e-mail: wsweet@stfx.ca

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