Bernard Bosanquet and the Legacy of British Idealism


edited by William Sweet

University of Toronto Press, 2007


    William Sweet: "Rediscovering Bosanquet"


    1.    Sandra den Otter: "Bosanquet and the Charity Organisation Society"
    2.    Andrew Vincent: "Bosanquet: The Philosophy of Sociology and the Sociology of Philosophy"

    3.    James Allard: "Concrete Systematic Inference"
    4.    Phil Ferreira: "Bosanquet, Idealism, and the Justification of Induction"

    Aesthetics and Ethics

    5    Elizabeth Trott: "Bosanquet and Education: Warding off Stupidity with Art" 
    6.   Philip MacEwen: "Bosanquet, Santayana and Aesthetics"

    Metaphysics and Religion

    7    Leslie Armour: "Metaphysics, Science, and Morals in the Later Philosophy of Bernard Bosanquet"
    8 .  Timothy Sprigge: "Bosanquet and Religion"

    Moral and Political Philosophy

    9.   Peter Nicholson: "Bosanquet and State Action" 
    10. Kevin Sullivan: “Bosanquet, Perfectionism, and Distributive Justice”


    11.  James Connelly: "'A New Leviathan amongst the Idealists: Collingwood's response to the British Idealists"
    12   Fred Wilson: "Bosanquet on the Ontology of Logic and the Method of Scientific Inquiry"

    Bibliography and Index


William Sweet  is Professor of Philosophy at St Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada). He is the author of Idealism and Rights (1997) and Anti-foundationalism, Faith, and Community (2001). He has edited several collections of scholarly essays, including Idealism, Metaphysics, and Community (2001), The Bases of Ethics (2000), and God and Argument (1999). He has also published an edition of The Philosophical Theory of the State and Related Essays by Bernard Bosanquet (with Gerald F. Gaus, 2001), and edited The Collected Works of Bernard Bosanquet, 20 volumes (1999).

James Allard is Professor of Philosophy at Montana State University-Bozeman, and the author or editor of several scholarly studies on F.H. Bradley, including F. H. Bradley: Writings on Logic and Metaphysics (with Guy Stock, 1994). He has also published in a number of journals, including Bradley Studies, and International Studies in Philosophy.

Leslie Armour  is Research Professor of Philosophy at the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology (Ottawa), and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. He is author of "Infini Rien": Pascal's Wager and the Human Paradox (1993), Being and Idea: Developments of Some Themes in Spinoza and Hegel (1992); The Idea of Canada and the Crisis of Community (1981), The Faces of Reason: an essay on philosophy and culture in English Canada, 1850‑1950  (with Elizabeth Trott, 1981), The Conceptualization of the Inner Life (with Edward T. Bartlett, 1980), Logic and Reality: an Investigation into the Idea of a Dialectical System (1972); The Concept of Truth (1969), The Rational and the Real: an Essay in Metaphysics (1962). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

James Connelly is Professor of Philosophy in the School of Human Sciences at the Southampton Institute of Higher Education, England. He has authored several studies, and edited a number of volumes, on the Philosophy of R.G.Collingwood (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on R. G. Collingwood, with David Boucher and Tariq Modood, 19**), on Environmental Politics (Politics and the Environment. from theory to practice, with Graham Smith, 1999), and on social policy (Citizens, charters and consumers, 1993). He is on the Board of Directors of the Collingwood Society.

Sandra den Otter is Associate Professor of History at Queen's University, Canada. She is the author of The British Idealists (Oxford, 1996), a study of late nineteenth century social theory. Her interests include the intellectual, cultural, gender and imperial history of late 18th and 19th century Britain. She is currently working on a study of how the experience of governing India shaped debate in mid 19th century Britain about the nature of the individual, community and society.

Phillip Ferreira is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Bradley and the Structure of Knowledge (1999), and has published in Bradley Studies. He specializes in Modern Philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, and Idealism.

Philip MacEwen is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in cello and the University of Toronto in philosophy. He has done graduate studies in religious studies at Westminster Theological Seminary, in philosophy at York University, and in music at the University of London. Currently, he teaches philosophy and humanities at York University and is president of a music company, Simply Strings. He has published in the areas of environmental ethics, philosophy of religion, and the history of modern philosophy. He is the Editor of Ethics, Metaphysics and Religion in the Thought of F. H. Bradley (1996).

Peter Nicholson was, until his recent retirement, Reader in the Department of Politics at the University of York, England.  He is the author of The Political Philosophy of the British Idealists (1990), Editor of The Collected Works of T.H. Green (1997), and of The Collected Works of D. G. Ritchie (1998), and a co-editor of Toleration. Philosophy and Practice (with John Horton, 1992).

T.L.S. Sprigge is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and is author of Santayana: An Examination of his Philosophy (1974; revised 1995), James and Bradley: American Truth and British Reality (1993), The Rational Foundations of Ethics (1987), Theories of Existence (1984), The Vindication of Absolute Idealism (1983), and Facts, Words and Beliefs (1970). His principal research interests include Spinoza, Royce, Hegel on religion, Pascal, Whitehead, Bradley, Bosanquet, and T.H. Green. He has an amateur interest in Indian thought, and has recently completed a book on The God of Metaphysics.

Kevin Sullivan teaches philosophy at Heritage College, Hull (Québec), Canada. He has published in Idealism, Metaphysics, and Community (2001). His PhD in Philosophy was entitled Release and Realization: A Study of the Concept of Spiritual Liberation in the Philosophy of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (University of Ottawa, 1993).

Elizabeth Trott is Professor of Philosophy at the Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto, Canada. She is co-author (with Leslie Armour) of The Faces of Reason: An Essay on Philosophy and Culture in English Canada, 1850‑1950 (1981), co-editor (with Leslie Armour) of The Industrial Kingdom Of God by John Clark Murray (1981), and has published in The Journal of Aesthetics and Education, Dialogue, Philosophy and Culture (ed. Venant Cauchy), Philosophy after F.H. Bradley (ed. James Bradley, 1996) and The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Andrew Vincent is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Sheffield; he was formerly Senior Fellow at the Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University, and Professor of Political Theory at Cardiff University, where he was also Co-Director of the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Political Ideologies, and has published widely on contemporary political philosophy. His recent books include British Idealism and Political Theory (with David Boucher, 2000); Political Theory: Tradition and Diversity (1997), Theories of the State (1987; 1994 reprint); Modern Political Ideologies (2nd edition 1995); A Radical Hegelian: The Political and Social Philosophy of Henry Jones (with David Boucher, 1993) and Philosophy, Politics and Citizenship: The Life and Thought of the British Idealists (co-author) (1984)

Fred Wilson  is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He graduated from McMaster University in theoretical physics, and then went on to study philosophy at the University of Iowa, where he took his PhD in 1965. He has been teaching at the University of Toronto since then. He is the author of The Logic and Methodology of Science in Early Modern Thought. Seven Studies (1999); Hume's Defence of Causal Inference (1997); Empiricism and Darwin's Science (1991); Psychological Analysis and the Philosophy of John Stuart Mill (1990); Laws and Other Worlds : A Humean Account of Laws and Counterfactuals (1987); Explanation, Causation and Deduction (1985). He has published a number of papers on British idealism and its relations to empricism. Most recent has been "The Significance for Psychology of Bradley's Humean View of the Self," Bradley Studies (1999). Professor Wilson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994.