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Ball, Bosanquet and the Green legacy: a reply to Matt Carter

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Carter has shown that Bosanquet was not the conservative individualist as often supposed, and that he was not hostile to moderate socialism. Bosanquet's logic and metaphysics gives support to this view. But even here he was misunderstood. By over-emphasis on aspects of his philosophical logic, his metaphysics, and practical concerns, we have the most diverse views of what he meant. But taken altogether his whole work has a unity which reconciles collectivist and individualist principles in concrete liberty. The problem of hiatus between Bosanquet's theoretical and practical concerns, which Carter notices, disappears when Bosanquet's philosophical logic is addressed.

Keywords: Bosanquet; Matt Carter; collectivist principles; individualism; individualist principles; metaphysics; philosophical logic; socialism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: c/o Staff Common Room, Queen's Building, Queen's Drive, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QH.

Publication date: 2001-03-01

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