The Importance of Subjectivity: Selected Essays in Metaphysics and Ethics

Hardcover | February 13, 2011

byTimothy L. S. SpriggeEditorLeemon Mchenry

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Timothy Sprigge was one of the leading exponents of philosophical idealism in the last fifty years. His scholarly work in the history of modern philosophy focused on Baruch Spinoza, William James, Josiah Royce, George Santayana, F. H. Bradley, Arthur Schopenhauer, Edmund Husserl, and AlfredNorth Whitehead: this eventually led to the construction of his own original system of metaphysics he called 'panpsychistic absolute idealism'. Idealism, long unfashionable, has been coming back into favour, and Sprigge's work has found a new readership. This selection of his finest essays rangeswidely over metaphysics, ethics, and the history of philosophy: all the themes that he discusses are drawn together in his unique philosophical system, based upon his original theory of the nature of consciousness.

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Timothy Sprigge was one of the leading exponents of philosophical idealism in the last fifty years. His scholarly work in the history of modern philosophy focused on Baruch Spinoza, William James, Josiah Royce, George Santayana, F. H. Bradley, Arthur Schopenhauer, Edmund Husserl, and AlfredNorth Whitehead: this eventually led to the c...

Timothy L. S. Sprigge (1932-2007) was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics in the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge working under R. T. H. Redpath and, later, A. J. Ayer. Professor Sprigge held positions teaching philosophy at University College London, Sussex University and, as a visiting pr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Consciousness and the Metaphysics of Experience1. Orientations2. What I Believe3. The Privacy of Experience4. Final Causes5. The Importance of Subjectivity: An Inaugural Lecture6. Is Consciousness Mysterious?7. Consciousness8. The Distinctiveness of American Philosophy9. The World of Description and the World of AcquaintancePart II: The Metaphysics of Time and the Absolute10. The Unreality of Time11. Ideal Immortality12. Bradley and Russell on Relations13. The Self and Its World in Bradley and Husserl14. Absolute Idealism15. PantheismPart III: Ethics, Animal RIghts, and the Environment16. The Greatest Happiness Principle17. Is the Esse of Intrinsic Value Percipi? Pleasure, Pain and Value18. Metaphysics, Physicalism and Animal Rights19. Vivisection, Morals and Medicine: Commentary From an Anti-Vivisectionist Philosopher20. Non-Human Rights: An Idealist Perspective21. Are There Intrinsic Values in Nature22. An Idealist's Prayer for the WorldAcknowledgementsSelected Bibliography of T. L. S. SpriggeIndex