Sprigge’s Philosophical Idealism

Bradley Studies 9 (2):109-125 (2003)

Leemon McHenry
California State University, Northridge
For the past forty years, Timothy Sprigge has been a major player on the British philosophical scene contributing to discussions as diverse as consciousness, the ontology of time, personal identity, animal rights, punishment, censorship and wider issues in metaphysics, ethics and the history of philosophy. He is, however, less well known for his own highly original system of metaphysics and ethics—a synthesis of absolute idealism, panpsychism and utilitarianism. This system was constructed against the current of the dominant linguistic and analytical trends in Britain. While working within an intellectual milieu largely hostile to his views, he attempted to provide color to what seemed to him a rather sterile and narrow orthodoxy. In his magnum opus, The Vindication of Absolute Idealism, he says that his manner of doing philosophy attempts to arrive at answers to the “deep ontological questions about the concrete nature of reality” instead of viewing philosophy as a self-contained intellectual game. Guy Stock says of Sprigge that he “has, in a contemporary context, a fair claim to be the most independent of thinkers within the field of metaphysics.”
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