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British Idealism and Social Explanation a Study in Late Victorian Thought

by Sandra M. Den Otter

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  • ISBN: 9780198206002
  • ISBN10: 0198206003

British Idealism and Social Explanation a Study in Late Victorian Thought

by Sandra M. Den Otter

  • List Price: $180.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 06/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780198206002
  • ISBN10: 0198206003
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Description: 'Community' - how to define and to secure it has become a topic of lively discussion. This endeavour also struck a deep chord among Victorians encountering the urban, industrial culture that had emerged by the end of the nineteenth century. In this original and stimulating study, Sandra den Otter explores the idealists' search for 'connection', for a sense of community that fitted the new forms of society, characterized for many concerned observers by dislocation, a loosening of traditional bonds, and intense individualism. Idealist responses to these problems dominated social theory until the Great War. This book illuminates the idealists' place in the vigorous contemporary debate about a new science of society. Idealist links to German thought, the teaching of philosophy in mid-century Oxford, and idealist criticisms of the naturalist underpinnings of much current social theory are assessed. Dr den Otter argues that idealists constructed an interpretive social theory which adopted various strands of positivist and even naturalist manners in its attempt to frame a social theory suited to the dilemmas of their age. Tracing the dialogue between idealists and sociologists like Herbert Spencer and Emile Durkheim, the study analyses idealist reinterpretations of the individual, the state, and community.
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