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Language, aesthetics and emotions in the work of the British idealists

Tyler, Colin; Connelly, James


James Connelly


This article surveys and contextualizes the British idealists' philosophical writings on language, aesthetics and emotions, starting with T.H. Green and concluding with Michael Oakeshott. It highlights ways in which their philosophical insights have been wrongly overlooked by later writers. It explores R.L. Nettleship's posthumous publications in this field and notes that they exerted significant influences on British idealists and closely related figures, such as Bernard Bosanquet and R.G. Collingwood. The writing of other figures are also explored, not least F.H. Bradley and J.A. Smith. The article concludes by introducing in turn the remaining articles that are found in this special issue.


Tyler, C., & Connelly, J. (2018). Language, aesthetics and emotions in the work of the British idealists. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 26(4), 643-659.

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date May 8, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 12, 2018
Publication Date Jul 4, 2018
Deposit Date May 8, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 13, 2019
Print ISSN 0960-8788
Electronic ISSN 1469-3526
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 4
Pages 643-659
Keywords British idealism; Language; Aesthetics; Emotions; Nettleship
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