Anglo-American Idealism: Thinkers and Ideas

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This volume is devoted to a critical discussion and re-appraisal of the work of Anglo-American Idealists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Idealism was the dominant philosophy in Britain and the entire English-speaking world during the last decades of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. The British Idealists made important contributions to logic, metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of history, philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind. Their legacy awaits further exploration and reassessment, and this book is a contribution to this task.
The essays in this collection display many aspects of contemporary concern with idealistic philosophy: they range from treatments of logic to consideration of the Absolute, personal idealism, the philosophy of religion, philosophy of art, philosophy of action, and moral and political philosophy.
During the first decade of the twenty-first century, the work of the Anglo-American Idealists has once again been widely discussed and re-considered, and new pathways of research and investigation have been opened.

James Connelly is Professor of Politics at the University of Hull. He is the author of Metaphysics, Method and Politics: The Political Philosophy of R.G. Collingwood (2003) and various articles on the idealists. He is co-author of Politics and the Environment (2003) and is currently writing Sustainability and the Virtues of Environmental Citizenship.

Stamatoula Panagakou is Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus. She has taught at the Universities of York, Durham, Newcastle and Manchester. She has been awarded fellowships from the NATO Science Fellowships Programme, the Lilian Voudouri Foundation and the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. She specialises in political philosophy and the history of political thought and is a founding member of the PSA British Idealism Specialist Group.

‘Considering the increasing time allocated to the philosophy and history of British Idealism in university curricula […], the volume will interest both advanced undergraduates and graduates. Not only will students of Anglo-American Idealism find the volume essential reading, but also political theorists and intellectual historians will be able to consult […] the engaging discussions of the volume.’ Antis Loizides, The British Journal for the History of Philosophy 

‘This edited volume provides an insightful and informative perspective on all aspects of contemporary concern with idealist philosophy […] The volume is a welcome addition to the expanding literature on idealism and is particularly helpful in displaying its variety and inter-connectedness, along with its impact and relevance.’ Richard Murphy, Philosophy in Review XXXII, 2012/4

‘The contributors, who include many of the best-known international scholars in the field, cover a wide range of nineteenth and twentieth century thinkers, and tackle a good selection of important issues in Anglo-American Idealism.  The Collection demonstrates that the study of Anglo-American Idealism is alive and flourishing.  The Editors should be thanked for their hard work, and congratulated on producing an exemplary work of scholarship.’ Peter P. Nicholson, formerly Reader in the Department of Politics, University of York, UK

 ‘The collected volume at hand is a welcome addition to scholarly debates about British Idealism, a philosophical current of thought that counteracted prevalent modes of thought in the Anglophone world in the nineteenth century, injecting into it ideas and concepts borrowed from ancient Greek political thought and German Idealism.  Today, in an age of widespread ideological, political and economic crisis, and fragmented ethical visions, idealist conceptions of the state provoke reassessment and reconsiderations of the role of the state in contemporary societies.’ Professor Kyriakos N. Demetriou, Department of Social & Political Sciences, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

 ‘This is a collection that bears witness to the increased significance of Anglo-American Idealism in current debates in philosophy and political theory.  It offers a comprehensive coverage of the idealist school of thought and brings together some of the most eminent scholars in the field.’ Dr. Maria Dimova-Cookson, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, UK

 ‘Having been for many years largely neglected, there has been a recent resurgence of interest in the philosophy of Anglo-American Idealism.  This collection consists of contributions by some of the foremost scholars currently working in the field.  The essays are well written, carefully arranged and cogently introduced by the Editors.  They deal with all aspects of contemporary concern with idealist philosophy and show admirably the breadth and complexity of the idealist philosophical project.  This book will be a valuable resource to all teachers and students of philosophy.’ Dr. R. W. Dyson, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, UK

 ‘Bringing together a set of newly written essays by some of the world’s leading experts in the field, Anglo-American Idealism: Thinkers and Ideas offers an up-to-date picture of the state of current research in this field at the same time as advancing that debate.  Its two editors, themselves distinguished scholars, are to be thanked not only for their judicious selection of material, but for their expert introductory essay contextualizing the pieces and illuminating this vitally important, but still little understood, episode in British intellectual history.  The collection has already occasioned considerable discussion, and no doubt it will continue to do so and to serve as essential reading for years to come.’ Dr. W. J. Mander, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK

‘Connelly and Panagakou’s new collection of essays on Anglo-American Idealism is a tribute to the renewed interest that this kind of philosophizing is currently enjoying.  Their collection brings together the very best new scholarship on the topic.’ Professor David Weinstein, Department of Political Science, Wake Forest University, USA

(left to right) Dr. Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides, Dr. Stamatoula Panagakou, and the Rector of the University of Cyprus, Professor Constantios Christophides.

Dr Panagakou at the book launch

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