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Ferrier, James Frederick (1806–64)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC026-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Ferrier represents the transition within nineteenth-century Scottish philosophy from the tradition of common-sense realism begun by Thomas Reid, the last major exponent of which was Ferrier’s mentor, Sir William Hamilton, to versions of idealism influenced by German philosophers, especially Hegel. Although he is largely forgotten, Ferrier merits study for at least two reasons. First, he had a role in importing Hegelian ideas into British thought; and second there are parallels between his arguments and those advanced by antirealist philosophers in the analytical tradition.

Citing this article:
Haldane, John J.. Ferrier, James Frederick (1806–64), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC026-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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