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"Philosophical idealism was inevitably his legacy," Peck writes.
The reader of Philosophical Idealism and Christian Belief is from time to time distracted by the tinkle of glass houses.
This over-inclusive concept of "empiricism" is complemented by a cartoon picture of philosophical idealism. Describing Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, she writes: "Instead of forcing the mind to conform to the external object, his [Kant's] methodology proposed to make the object conform to the mind" (224).
What Jones presents is really a rapid reading of many texts, grouped according to the three main phases of the intellectual career (1918-1923, 1924-1939, and 1940-1955) in terms of a rather simplistic approach to literary modernism and philosophical idealism. In the end, despite a veneer of theoretical lingo, the book basically reinforces views of Toomer that have held sway since Waldo Frank's and Horace Liveright's disappointment with him as he evaded their "racial" expectations and abandoned a career as a literatus.
In his previous novel, Selige Zeiten, bruchige Welt (1991), Robert Menasse dramatized the destruction wrought on personal lives and intimate relationships by Hegelian grandiosity and unrestrained philosophical idealism. The main character remorselessly murders the woman he loves because she stands in the way of his world-changing philosophical treatise.
This resulted not only in disputes and polemics among themselves, but also in novels which were often confused in their philosophical positions and characters who were anguished over the resolution of philosophical idealism and determinism and the problems of will and existence.
Indeed the philosophical idealism underlying his theory of constitutionalism is antithetical to the spirit and substance of republican government.
LS: Marxist from the outset, Maoist for a long time, would you accept the accusation of having yielded to a philosophical idealism?
There was an ever greater drift towards philosophical idealism; mysticism became the garb of counterrevolutionary sentiments.
Even his philosophical idealism, apparently outmoded in the empirical age inaugurated and dominated by Locke, emerges on inspection to be less the anxious belief of an outsider than an unfashionable disposition which only one perfectly at home could have indulged without cost.

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