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Defence of Idealism

May Sinclair

The philosophy of Idealism, revived in eighteenth-century Europe by George Berkeley, argued against philosophical materialism by maintaining that Reality is a creation of the Mind. Despite its flourishing under the leadership of Hegel, Fichte, Schopenhauer, and Schelling, Idealism had definitely fallen into decline late in the nineteenth century and early in the twentieth. May Sinclair, the writer of many popular but philosophically provocative novels and part-time World War I ambulance corps-person, was an unlikely one to take up the torch of the old school and try to revive it yet again for the twentieth century. Most notably, in this treatise she tried to formulate a union of Idealistic Monism with the New Realism as epitomized by Bertrand Russell and his mathematics-based philosophy. How successful she was is a matter for the reader to judge, but this volume and its sequel (The New Idealism) provide fascinating insights into the mind of Sinclair herself, helping the twenty-first century reader better to understand this highly significant author as she wrote in the very midst of the Great War. - Summary by Expatriate

The philosophy of Idealism, revived in eighteenth-century Europe by George Berkeley, argued against philosophical materialism by maintaining that Reality is a creation of the Mind. Despite its flourishing under the leadership of Hegel, Fichte, Schopenhauer, and Schelling, Idealism had definitely fallen into decline late in the nineteenth century and early in the twentieth. May Sinclair, the writer of many popular but philosophically provocative novels and part-time World War I ambulance corps-person, was an unlikely one to take up the torch of the old school and try to revive it yet again for the twentieth century. Most notably, in this treatise she tried to formulate a union of Idealistic Monism with the New Realism as epitomized by Bertrand Russell and his mathematics-based philosophy. How successful she was is a matter for the reader to judge, but this volume and its sequel (The New Idealism) provide fascinating insights into the mind of Sinclair herself, helping the twenty-first century reader better to understand this highly significant author as she wrote in the very midst of the Great War. - Summary by Expatriate
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Philosophy

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The philosophy of Idealism, revived in eighteenth-century Europe by George Berkeley, argued against philosophical materialism by maintaining that Reality is a creation of the Mind. Despite its flourishing under the leadership of Hegel, Fichte, Schopenhauer, and Schelling, Idealism had definitely fallen into decline late in the nineteenth century and early in the twentieth. May Sinclair, the writer of many popular but philosophically provocative novels and part-time World War I ambulance corps-person, was an unlikely one to take up the torch of the old school and try to revive it yet again for the twentieth century. Most notably, in this treatise she tried to formulate a union of Idealistic Monism with the New Realism as epitomized by Bertrand Russell and his mathematics-based philosophy. How successful she was is a matter for the reader to judge, but this volume and its sequel (The New Idealism) provide fascinating insights into the mind of Sinclair herself, helping the twenty-first century reader better to understand this highly significant author as she wrote in the very midst of the Great War. - Summary by Expatriate

Language:

English

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Expatriate

Length:

12h 28m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

27:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

24:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

24:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

24:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

26:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

27:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

26:36