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  Idealism - LoveToKnow 1911
Its keynote is to be found in the Protagorean " man is the measure." This seems to have been interpreted by its author and by the Sophists in general in a subjective sense, with the result that it became the motto of a sceptical and individualistic movement in contemporary philosophy and ethics.
From the side of literature the way was prepared for it by the genius of Coleridge, Wordsworth and Carlyle; from the side of morals and politics by the profound discontent of the constructive spirit of the century with the disintegrating conceptions inherited from utilitarianism.
The conflict of idealism with these two lines of criticism - the accusation of subjectivism on the one side of intellectualism and rigid objectivism on the other - may be said to have constituted the history of Anglo-Saxon philosophy during the first decade of the 20th century.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Idealism   (7157 words)

  
 German Idealism [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
For the philosopher German idealism usually means the philosophy of Kant and his immediate followers, while for the historian of literature it may seem little more than the personality of Goethe; and it is not usual to characterize the literary aspect of the movement as neo-humanism.
Idealism in the sense in which the word is here used became even more effective in the work of Herder.
In his view the ideal society would be one based on the insight and activity of the educated, and on the rational education of youth, and realizing in its organization the natural and fundamental ethical ideas.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/g/germidea.htm   (3619 words)

  
  Idealism Encyclopedia Article @ InnerMan.com (Inner Man)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
As a foundation for cosmology, or an approach to understanding the existence, idealism is often contrasted with materialism, both belonging to the class of monist as opposed to dualist or pluralist ontologies.
Schopenhauer's history is an account of the concept of the "ideal" in its meaning as "ideas in a subject's mind." In this sense, "ideal" means "ideational" or "existing in the mind as an image." He does not refer to the other meaning of "ideal" as being qualities of the highest perfection and excellence.
In general parlance, "idealism" or "idealist" is also used to describe a person having high ideals, sometimes with the connotation that those ideals are unrealisable or at odds with "practical" life.
www.innerman.com /encyclopedia/Idealism   (5004 words)

  
 idealism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
In modern times idealism has largely come to refer the source of ideas to man’s consciousness, whereas in the earlier period ideas were assigned a reality outside and independent of man’s existence.
The post-Kantian German idealism of J. Fichte and Friedrich von Schelling, which culminated in the absolute or objective idealism of G. Hegel, began with a denial of the unknowable thing-in-itself, thereby enabling these philosophers to treat all reality as the creation of mind or spirit.
Forms of post-Kantian idealism were developed in Germany by Arthur Schopenhauer and Hermann Lotze and in England by Samuel Coleridge; forms of post-Hegelian idealism were developed in England and France by T. Green, Victor Cousin, and C. Renouvier.
www.bartleby.com /65/id/idealism.html   (413 words)

  
 idealism - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
IDEALISM [idealism] the attitude that places special value on ideas and ideals as products of the mind, in comparison with the world as perceived through the senses.
In modern times idealism has largely come to refer the source of ideas to man's consciousness, whereas in the earlier period ideas were assigned a reality outside and independent of man's existence.
The post-Kantian German idealism of J. Fichte and Friedrich von Schelling, which culminated in the absolute or objective idealism of G. Hegel, began with a denial of the unknowable thing-in-itself, thereby enabling these philosophers to treat all reality as the creation of mind or spirit.
encyclopedia.infonautics.com /html/i/idealism.asp   (516 words)

  
 20th WCP: Borges, the Apologist for Idealism
It is also an interpretation of the complex, and yet to be defined philosophical concept of "idealism." Although left unacknowledged by critics, this is one of Borges's significant accomplishments — yet, one that exposes him to severe criticisms from supporters of orthodox views.
If the world is mind-dependent, as idealism claims, if existence is to be related to actual or possible perception, then one could legitimately conclude that immaterialism is the logical outcome of the idealist's claims.
In his "Refutation of Idealism" Kant does indeed take Berkeley as the paradigm of "dogmatic idealism." Space turns, according to Kant, into "something which is in itself impossible," consequently the things existing in it are nothing but "imaginary entities" (CPR 244).
www.bu.edu /wcp/Papers/Lati/LatiMart.htm   (4633 words)

  
 THE REFUTATION OF IDEALISM
Now why I mention these two points is that when engaged in the intricacies of philosophic discussion, we are apt to overlook the vastness of the difference between this idealistic view and the ordinary view of the world, and to overlook the number of different propositions which the idealist must prove.
Some of these may be sufficient to prove that B is C and C is D; but if, as I shall try to show, their 'A is B' is false the conclusion A is D remains a pleasant supposition.
Taylor's Idealism, if it refutes anything at all: for I shall undertake to show that what makes a thing real cannot possibly be its presence as an inseparable aspect of a sentient experience.
www.ditext.com /moore/refute.html   (7279 words)

  
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In philosophy, Idealism is any theory positing the primacy of spirit or mind over matter.
It includes claiming that thought has some crucial role in making the world the way it is--that thought and the world are made for one another, or that they make one another.
In general parlance, the word is also used to describe a person having high ideals, sometimes with the connotation that those ideals are unrealizable or are at odds with "practical" life.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/i/id/idealism.html   (229 words)

  
 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Idealism
idealist, idealized, ideal (adjective), and the ideal (noun), all of which are derived from the Greek idéa.
The artist is said to "idealize" his subject when he represents it as a fairer, nobler, more perfect than it is in reality.
idealism is just the reverse of that which was held by the philosophers of antiquity and their Christian successors; it does away with the reality of ideal principles by confining them exclusively to the thinking subject; it is a spurious
www.newadvent.org /cathen/07634a.htm   (1383 words)

  
 Idealism
Be so blinded by your "shining'' ideals that you forget others are free to have their own opinion and become discouraged when you think no one is listening to you.
When you find it difficult to detach from others, it is often your idealized image of the way you are supposed to act, be, or behave that keeps you emotionally hanging on to these people.
It is often a barrier to your ability to gain self-control over your life because your idealism blinds you to what is reasonable, realistic and achievable for you in your life.
www.coping.org /control/idealism.htm   (2732 words)

  
 John Kennedy's Vietnam Rhetoric
In previous research, scholars have noted that American political discourse--including foreign policy rhetoric--typically includes appeals to both idealism and pragmatism and that discourse which emphasizes one of these themes to the detriment of the other is unlikely to prove persuasive.
Given the ideals at stake, he asserted that the United States must do whatever was necessary to ensure victory.
Kennedy stressed ideals in his public speeches, but ideals also were present in his statements during interviews and news conferences.
mcadams.posc.mu.edu /goldzwig.htm   (5765 words)

  
 Idealism
Another significant step in the transformation of idealism may be clearly seen in the writings of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling.
The study of physics, as an exploration of the necessary operation of the Absolute considered in one way, then, will be perfectly parallel to the science of knowledge that examines the necessary structure of self-conscious awareness that is the Absolute considered in another way.
As we have already seen, Hegel's view of the world is determinedly historical; he believed that history itself (involving another triad, of original/reflective/philosophical history) exhibits the growth of self-consciousness in the Absolute, the process of development by means of which the Weltgeist comes to know itself.
www.philosophypages.com /hy/5k.htm   (2158 words)

  
 Realistic Idealism, Philosophy based on evidence
Realistic Idealism is dedicated to the concept that philosophical ideas and morality can be based on evidence.
Realistic Idealism dares each of us to strive to be our best and tells how it can be done.
This is the basis of Realistic Idealism which now builds on this tradition and proposes a yet newer Gospel.
www.seanet.com /~realistic/idealism.html   (1055 words)

  
 Renaissance of Idealism - Pro Bono, Public Service and Center for Pro Bono - ABA
In his inaugural message, former ABA President Michael S. Greco issued a call for a "renaissance of idealism in the legal profession-a recommitment to the noblest principles that define the profession: providing legal representation to assist the poor, disadvantaged and underprivileged; and performing public service that enhances the common good."
Goal X of the American Bar Association is "To preserve and enhance the ideals of the profession" and its dedication to public service." Every year, thousands of lawyers throughout America heed that call, giving selflessly of their time and talents to help those in need.
The key to that balance is freeing up time-in law firms, in government offices, in any setting where a lawyer practices law-for lawyers to perform public service, to volunteer their legal training to those in need, to help improve their communities, and in the process to find greater fulfillment in their legal careers.
www.abanet.org /renaissance   (689 words)

  
 British Idealism Research Page
Conference on Philosophical Idealism and Political Philosophy, Aberystwyth, Wales.
British Idealism and European Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway, August 14 - 18, 2000.
Bosanquet and the Legacy of British Idealism, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, September 1-2, 1999
www.stfx.ca /arpa/BI-RP.html   (664 words)

  
 Copyleft: Pragmatic Idealism - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
People can have many different goals and values; fame, profit, love, survival, fun, and freedom, are just some of the goals that a good person might have.
When the goal is to help others as well as oneself, we call that idealism.
If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough—you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal.
www.gnu.org /philosophy/pragmatic.html   (1211 words)

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