F. H. (Francis Herbert) Bradley

Bradley, Francis Herbert

Francis Herbert Bradley, 1846–1924, English philosopher. He was educated at Oxford, where he became a fellow of Merton College in 1876. His works include Ethical Studies (1876), Principles of Logic (1883), and Appearance and Reality (1893). In logic, Bradley attacked the psychological tendencies of empiricism by differentiating sharply between the mental act as a psychological event and its universal meaning; to him only the latter was the concern of logic. In metaphysics Bradley held that many phenomena considered real, such as space and time, are only appearances. Reality, or what Bradley called the Absolute, is an all-inclusive whole that transcends thought. Although greatly influenced by Hegel, Bradley's metaphysics is generally considered a highly original contribution to philosophical thought.

See his collection of essays (2 vol., 1935) and T. S. Eliot, Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F. H. Bradley (1989).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Ethical Studies
F. H. Bradley.
Clarendon Press, 1962 (2nd edition)
Writings on Logic and Metaphysics
F. H. Bradley; James W. Allard; Guy Stock.
Clarendon Press, 1994
An Introduction to Bradley's Metaphysics
W. J. Mander.
Clarendon Press, 1994
Appearance Versus Reality: New Essays on Bradley's Metaphysics
Guy Stock.
Clarendon Press, 1998
James and Bradley: American Truth and British Reality
T. L. S. Sprigge.
Open Court Publishing, 1993
The Platonic Tradition in Anglo-Saxon Philosophy: Studies in the History of Idealism in England and America
John H. Muirhead.
George Allen & Unwin, 1931
Librarian’s tip: "Forward from Hegel: Bradley (i). Early Essays" begins on p. 219, "Bradley (ii). Reorientation" begins on p. 247, "Bradley (iii). Appearance and Reality" begins on p. 257, "Bradley (iv). Essays on Truth and Reality" begins on p. 279, and "Bradley (v). Ter
Nature, Mind, and Modern Science
Errol E. Harris.
Allen & Unwin, 1954
Librarian’s tip: "The Idealism of F. H. Bradley" begins on p. 256 and "Reinterpretation of Bradley's Theory" begins on p. 260
The Classical Moralists
Benjamin Rand.
Houghton, Mifflin, 1937
Librarian’s tip: "Francis Herbert Bradley: Ethical Studies" begins on p. 720
Philosophical Style: An Anthology about the Writing and Reading of Philosophy
Berel Lang.
Nelson-Hall Publishers, 1980
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 21 "Victorian Philosophical Prose: J. S. Mill and F. H. Bradley"
History of Philosophy: Eastern and Western
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan; Ardeshir Ruttonji Wadia; Dhirendra Mohan Datta; Humayun Kabir.
George Allen & Unwin, vol.2, 1953
Librarian’s tip: "Francis Herbert Bradley (A.D. 1846-1924)" begins on p. 305
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