Nineteenth Century Philosophy


Who was F.H. Bradley?

Francis Herbert (F.H.) Bradley (1846–1924) was a main architect of nineteenth century British idealism, but he was also highly influential as an intuitionist. His principal work was Ethical Studies (1876) in which he sought to explain how morality can be part of individual consciousness and social institutions. He argued that individuals believe that morality is an intrinsic value, which, depending on their social status, they “self-realize” in their actions. Good selves could be actualized only if bad selves were suppressed. Therefore, the good self requires the bad self and morality can never be completely actualized unless oneself “dies” through surrender to Christianity.


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