This book reassesses the origins, development and legacy of the philosophy of the British idealists, demonstrating the enduring relevance of their thought for the modern discipline. This body of work coheres around the single unifying theme of the self - a concept of central importance to the idealist school. Particular attention is also paid to the many connections that hold between various philosophers and branches of philosophy, as well as creating a set of continuously running dialogues between contributing authors. Readers will discover a comprehensive, stimulating and sharply focused panorama of British idealist thought, which will be useful to philosophers, historians of ideas, political and social theorists, psychologists, and policy-makers who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the citizen as a self.
W. J. Mander is Fellow in Philosophy at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, UK. As well as numerous articles on the history of British idealism, he has written two monographs: An Introduction to Bradley's Metaphysics (1994) and British Idealism; a History (2012). Most recently, he has edited The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Nineteenth-Century (2014).
Stamatoula Panagakou teaches in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. Her main area of interest is the philosophy of Bernard Bosanquet, on which she has published widely. She has also co-edited (with James Connelly) Anglo-American Idealism: Thinkers and Ideas (2010).