T.H. Green's theory of positive freedom : from metaphysics to political theory / Ben Wempe.

Wempe, Ben, 1954- [Browse]
New ed.
Exeter, UK : Charlottesville, VA : Imprint Academic, ©2004.
viii, 240 pages ; 22 cm.


  • British idealist studies. Series 3, Green ; 3. [More in this series]
  • British idealist studies series 3, Green ; 3
Summary note
"In this new and entirely revised edition of his study of Green's theory of positive freedom, Ben Wempe argues that the far-reaching and beneficial influence of Green's political doctrine, on public policy as well as in the field of political theory, was founded on a misinterpretation of his philosophical stand, since the metaphysical basis on which Green argued for his political position was largely neglected. The book discusses Green's philosophical development and examines the important, hitherto underrated, influence of Hegel's Propadeutik, into the formation of his philosophical opinions. It then considers Green's metaphysics and describes how some omissions from the concise version of his metaphysical doctrine, as it is found in his published works, may be remedied by reference to Green's unpublished material."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-235) and index.
  • Ch. I. Green's philosophical development
  • A. Misapprehensions as to Hegel's intellectual influence on Green
  • B. Green's study of Hegel
  • C. The Philosophische Propadeutik
  • D. The parallel structure of epistemology and psychology in the Propadeutik
  • E. Insights Green derived from the Propadeutik
  • F. Green and Aristotle
  • G. Conclusion
  • Ch. II. Certain primary problems
  • A. The function of idealist metaphysics in Green's moral philosophy
  • B. The structure of Green's argument in Prolegomena
  • C. Metaphysics of knowledge
  • D. The teleological principle in reality
  • E. Teleology, time and eternity
  • F. Green's general metaphysics and its critics
  • G. Green's doctrine of the self-assertion of reason in his unpublished lectures
  • H. Conclusion
  • Ch. III. Positive freedom
  • A. Green's theory of positive freedom in his political speech
  • B. Metaphysical foundations of Green's positive concept of freedom
  • C. Positive freedom and political obligation
  • D. The relationship of morality and politics in Green's earlier lectures
  • E. Conclusion
  • Ch. IV. Theory and practice
  • A. Politics in mid-Victorian England
  • B. Theory and practice in Green's thinking
  • C. Green's criticism of utilitarian social theory
  • D. The logic of classical liberal political theory
  • E. The professorial lectures on utilitarianism
  • F. Green and Mill
  • Ch. V. Positive freedom revisited
  • A. Positive freedom in theory and practice, 1882-1950
  • B. Twentieth century conceptual criticism of Green
  • C. Berlin's two concepts of liberty
  • D. A rejoinder to twentieth century criticism of Green
  • E. On political theory
  • F. Conclusion
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