Idealism: the history of a philosophy

Dunham, J., Grant, I. H. and Watson, S. (2011) Idealism: the history of a philosophy. London: Acumen. ISBN 9781844652419 Available from:

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There has been no comparable attempt at a comprehensive history of metaphysical idealism for over 70 years, and this book, ranging from Parmenides to Deleuze, exceeds all previous work in size and scope. It also puts forward arguments that are important, and controversial. Firstly, it presents compelling evidence that idealism begins much earlier than is commonly argued. Secondly we show that idealism is not a reductive metaphysics, but an inflationary one - a 'realism with respect to the idea'. This, contrary to many accounts, makes idealism compatible with naturalism, the sciences, and even many forms of materialism. Indeed we include detailed accounts of the work of contemporary biologists and physicists who's work is demonstrably idealist. Metaphysical idealism is currently at the centre not only of debates within continental philosophy, but is enjoying a great resurgence within the analytic tradition (as is evidenced by our own coverage of McDowell, Brandom etc.). This book is a timely and important intervention in those debates.

Item Type:Book
Uncontrolled Keywords:metaphysics, idealism, history of philosophy, philosophy of nature
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:12077
Deposited By: Dr S. Watson
Deposited On:22 Dec 2010 09:05
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 20:51

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