The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 7, 2000

Modern Philosophy

William Sweet
Pages 179-189

Bosanquet, Culture, and the Influence of Idealist Logic

I argue that British Idealist Bernard Bosanquet’s discussion of cultural phenomena reflects principles present in his logic—principles articulated long before his explicitly absolutist views and from a period in which all agree he clearly held humanist values. This, I conclude, obliges us also to reevaluate some of the standard assessments of Bosanquet’s philosophy and, particularly, those that see his ‘absolutism’ as inconsistent with his humanism.