Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Bernard Bosanquet

Did Bernard Bosanquet practice what he preached about community values?

Yes, Bosanquet actively served for years, during the 1880s and 1890s and the first two decades of the twentieth century, within a number of charitable and educational organizations such as the London Ethical Society, Charity Organization Society, and the London School of Ethics and Social Philosophy. His Philosophical Theory of the State (1923) and Psychology of the Moral Self (1897) were based on public lectures he gave to adult education groups.

In 1895 he married Helen Dendy, who was a social activist and reformer. She served on the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws from 1905 to 1909. Both Bosanquets believed that the best way to secure social reform was through education that developed individual character. This viewpoint often brought them into conflict with leading socialists of the time.


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