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Bosanquet, Bernard (1848–1923)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC006-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

One of the most prominent and prolific of the British Idealists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Bosanquet ranged across most fields of philosophy, making his main contributions in epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics and especially political philosophy. He was deeply influenced by Plato and by Hegel. Bosanquet and F.H. Bradley were close on many matters, and each regarded the other as a co-worker; however, Bosanquet was always more Hegelian, less rigorous in argument than Bradley and lacking his sceptical approach. Bosanquet treats knowledge and reality as a single whole, working out the implications in the concrete ‘modes of experience’ of philosophy, science, morality, art, religion, and social and political life. He is at his best in explaining and developing the thoughts of others, particularly of Hegel, Bradley, Rousseau and T.H. Green.

Citing this article:
Nicholson, Peter P.. Bosanquet, Bernard (1848–1923), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC006-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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