Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Bernard Bosanquet

Who was Bernard Bosanquet?

Bernard Bosanquet (1848–1923) was an English Hegelian who taught at University College (from 1870 to 1881) and at St. Andrews (from 1903 to 1908), Oxford. His name was inherited from French Huguenot forebears. He left Oxford when an inheritance enabled him to pursue social activist causes in London. His major works appear as the published editions of the Gifford Lectures that he gave in 1911 and 1912: The Principle of Individuality and Value (1912) and The Value and Destiny of the Individual (1913). Bosanquet explained the existence of the Absolute with his own system of logical doctrines; he advocated for community values as opposed to individualism, and he was the leading British philosopher of aesthetics in his day and beyond.


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