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Monism in Britain

Bevir, Mark (2004) Monism in Britain. In: The Monist Century 1845-1945: Science, Secularism and Worldview, October 2 and 3, 2009, Queen's University Belfast. (Unpublished)

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"I begin by tracing the roots of monism – or at least an evolutionary and ethical positivism – to an organicist challenge to Enlightenment thinking. In Britain the impact of romantic organicism was muted by the dominance of evangelicalism and liberalism. The crisis of faith and the collapse of classical economics eroded evangelical and liberal ideas, opening space for new ideas including an evolutionary and ethical positivism. I trace this process through two prominent examples: Annie Besant’s religious travels and Sidney Webb’s political ones. These examples show how beliefs associated with monism spread through a range of radical religious and political movements. Finally I conclude with some brief comments on the gradual decline of evolutionary and ethical positivism in the first half of the twentieth century." - from Introduction.

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Additional Information: Full text available as Word doc at URL. A paper for "The Monist Century 1845-1945: Science, Secularism and Worldview," October 2 and 3, 2009 at Queen's University Belfast?
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2015 14:42
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2015 15:00

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