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Appearance and Reality. A Metaphysical Essay

Appearance and Reality. A Metaphysical Essay

BRADLEY F.H. First edition. 8vo. xxiv, 558 pp. Original red cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, ruling continued boards in blind, black coated endpapers, edges untrimmed (extremities very slightly rubbed, otherwise a near fine, notably bright copy). London, Swan Sonnenschein. The principal philosophical work of the most famous, original and philosophically influential proponents of British idealism. The first, ?Appearance?, is brief, and its aim destructive, arguing that ?the ideas by which we try to understand the universe? all bring us ultimately to contradictions when we try to think out their implications. Some of these ideas belong especially to philosophy, such as the view that only the primary qualities are real and the Kantian notion of a thing-in-itself; others, for instance the notions of cause, motion, self, space, thing and time, are deployed in everyday life. The second book, ?Reality?, is long; its aim is to provide a positive account of the Absolute ? the ultimate, unconditioned reality as it is in itself, not distorted by projection through the conceptual mechanisms of thought. A large proportion of his discussion is devoted to consideration of natural objections to this positive account' (Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy). Bradley served as the principle antagonist for the British analytic tradition, in what was called 'the revolt against idealism' staged at the turn of the twentieth century by Bertrand Russell and G. E. Moore, a critique that continued in A. J. Ayer's Language, Truth, and Logic (1936).
Logic

Logic, or The Morphology of Knowledge

BOSANQUET Bernard First edition. Two volumes. 8vo. xvii, [1], 398; viii, 240, 40 [publisher's advertisements] pp. Original brown cloth, spines lettered and ruled in gilt, covers with single blind fillet borders, black coated endpapers (blind stamps of Grammar School Wymondham, Oakham Grammar School to front free endpapers of both volumes, contemporary ownership inscription to title page of Vol. 1, some occasional underling and marginal highlighting in pencil and ink, extremities lightly rubbed and bumped, otherwise a very good set). Oxford, At the Clarendon Press. 'Bosanquet made his entrance as a writer on philosophy in 1882?3, when he published two articles in the journal Mind, to which he thereafter became a regular contributor. He also joined the Aristotelian Society in 1886, and became not merely a frequent contributor to its Proceedings, but also its vice-president in 1888 and its president from 1894 to 1898. His interest in logic had been inspired, as he handsomely acknowledged, by the writings of his contemporary Francis Herbert Bradley. Bradley's Ethical Studies had been published in 1876 and his Principles of Logic appeared in 1883. Bosanquet declared himself 'blown to the winds' by the quality of the first book; but his response to the second was mixed?he found much to agree with but a deal to disturb him in Bradley's outlook?and he wrote an appreciative but critical study, published in 1885 under the title Knowledge and Reality. This was the prelude to his full-scale work Logic, which appeared in 1888. Bradley acknowledged the force of some of Bosanquet's criticism. The two philosophers, although not intimate friends or collaborators, established a mutual regard for each other's work. Bosanquet was the more orthodox in his respect for the teachings of the German philosophers Hegel, Lotze, and Sigwart, Bradley more wayward and independent' (ODNB).