The British Idealists

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The British Idealists made significant and lasting contributions to the social and political thought of the nineteenth century. They contributed to all the major debates of their day, including evolution, democracy, the role of the state, education and international relations and propounded a communitarianism that is the forerunner of Tony Blair's social policy. The introduction develops the themes illustrated in the writings of the British Idealists. This volume also contains a biography of the British Idealists which incorporates their principal works.
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"Boucher's an excellent entry to a full appreciation of their thought as well as nineteenth-century British poltical thought." Ethics
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Table of Contents

Idealist biographies
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A note on the texts
Evolution and society 1
1 The Social Organism (1883) 3
2 Man's Place in the Cosmos 30
Professor Huxley on Nature and Man (1893 and 1897)
3 Socialism and Natural Selection (1895) 50
4 Ethical Democracy: Evolution and Democracy (1900) 68
Individualism, collectivism and the general will 95
5 Ideal Morality (1876; revised 1927) 97
6 The Reality of the General Will (1895) 130
7 The Rights of Minorities (1891 and 1893) 142
8 The Dangers of Democracy (1906) 156
9 Individualism and Socialism (1897) 173
10 The Coming of Socialism (1910) 195
The State and international relations 215
11 The Right of the State Over the Individual in War (1886) 217
12 What Imperialism Means (1900) 237
13 German Philosophy in relation to the War (1916) 253
14 The Function of the State in Promoting the Unity of Mankind (1917) 270
Index 296
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