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Title The Practical Philosophy of T. H. Green
Info The starting-point of my thesis is the question ‘how Green transformed Kantian critical philosophy into a practice of freedom?’ In exploring this question, the final aim of my thesis is to point out the role of criticism in Green’s thought and its internal relation with his theory of recognition. Through this exposition of Green’s practical philosophy, I would probe into the nature of political activities as an inherent part of the human condition.
My thesis will contain three parts. The first part explore the historical and metaphysical foundations of Green’s philosophy, especially focusing on its relations with the development of liberalism and German Idealism. In the second part, I consider Green’s moral philosophy in terms of his conceptions of moral agent and of freedom. Through these considerations, I would like to point out the role of ‘criticism’ in Green’s practical philosophy. In the third and final part, I discuss Green’s social doctrine and political theory and focus on the relationship of his ideas of recognition, the common good and moral duty. I will complete my interpretation of Green’s practical philosophy by comparing his concrete and practical idea of moral universalism with 19 century Utilitarian political philosophy in order to draw upon a different intellectual resource for modern liberal theory and practice.
British Idealism; German Idealism; History of Modern Liberal Theory and Practice; Philosophy of Self; Theory of Citizenship.
‘On Sidgwick’s Criticism of Green’s Metaphysics and Ethics’, presented at 2013 Annual Conference of Political Studies Association (British Idealism Panel), Cardiff, March, 25-27, 2013.
‘T. H. Green’s Idea of Eternal Consciousness and Its Relation to the Human Activity’, presented at 8th Annual Conference of the MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory (British Idealism Panel), Manchester University, September 5 – 7, 2012.