British Idealism: A Guide for the Perplexed

Here’s a plug for a very nice little recently released book by David Boucher and Andrew Vincent, two of the leading expositors of British Idealism. It’s about time an accessible and reliable work hit the shelves. David, by the way, has written a chapter on Oakeshott’s idealism for Paul and my “Companion” entitled “The Victim of Thought: The Idealist Inheritance” (Oakeshott, unsurprisingly, features heavily in David and Andrew’s “Guide”).

There has been a significant renewal of interest in the British Idealists in recent years. Scholars have acknowledged their critical contribution to a number of philosophical theories in the fields of politics, law, morality, epistemology and metaphysics.. British Idealism: A Guide for the Perplexed offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical movement, providing an outline of the key terms and central arguments employed by the idealists. David Boucher and Andrew Vincent lay out the historical context and employ analytical and critical methods to explain the philosophical background and key concepts. The book explores the contribution of British Idealism to contemporaneous philosophical, political and social debates, emphasizing the continuing relevance of the central themes of their philosophy. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of British Idealism, the book serves as an ideal companion to the study of this most influential and important of movements.