British absolute idealism: from Green to Bradley
In this chapter and the following two we shall investigate the importance of the “neo-Hegelian” movement in British philosophy, which fl ourished from the late nineteenth century before dying down signifi cantly1 by the mid-twentieth century. After briefl y summarizing the journey of Hegelian philosophy from Germany to England, we shall provide a discussion of six of the most important theorists of this period. is discussion will attempt to present the core metaphysical ideas of each philosopher for two reasons. First, this material is less well known than, for example, their ethical and political philosophy (see Boucher & Vincent 2000); second, this material will make it clear that “refutations” of idealism, however infl uential, are wide of the mark indeed.