The New Idealism

May SINCLAIR (1863 - 1946)

The genius of May Sinclair lies in her brilliant bridging of the Victorian and the modern eras, in her determination never to become ossified in an outdated way of thought or of Art. Though a generation older than the famous literati of the postwar era, she clearly perceived what was worth saving of the old and what was worth embracing of the new. This is clear, of course, in her remarkable fiction, particularly in the astonishing “Life and Death of Harriet Frean,” “Mary Olivier,” and “Tree of Heaven,” in which she broke new ground in psychological and stream-of-consciousness fiction. It is also true, however, in her crystal-clear philosophical works, “In Defense of Idealism” and “The New Idealism.” Though philosophical Idealism had become passé to many in the new era of scientific and mathematical Realism, Sinclair saw an opportunity to transmute her beloved, hard-won philosophy into a new kind of Idealism, one which absorbed the valuable insights of realists such as Einstein, Samuel Alexander, Alfred North Whitehead, and Bertrand Russell rather than rejecting them, producing a keen-eyed new view of transcendence and mystical meaning in the Universe. ( Expatriate)

Genre(s): Modern

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction Expatriate
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Play 02 I.01a: The Old Idealism (The Position) Expatriate
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Play 03 I.01b: The Old Idealism (Epistemology) Expatriate
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Play 04 I.01c: The Old Idealism (Future of Idealism) Expatriate
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Play 05 I.02a: The New Realism (The Realist Position) Expatriate
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Play 06 I.02b: The New Realism (The Realist Theory of Memory) Expatriate
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Play 07 I.02c: The New Realism (The Realist Theory of Relation & Knowledge) Expatriate
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Play 08 I.02d: The New Realism (The Strength of Realism) Expatriate
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Play 09 I.02e: The New Realism (Objections) Expatriate
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Play 10 I.03a: Some Realist Theories of Perception 01 (Prof. Broad & the Real Counterpart) Expatriate
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Play 11 I.03a: Some Realist Theories of Perception 02 (Prof. Broad & the Real Counterpart) Expatriate
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Play 12 I.03a: Some Realist Theories of Perception 03 (Prof. Broad & the Real Counterpart) Expatriate
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Play 13 I.03b: Some Realist Theories of Perception 01 (Prof. Whitehead & the Concept of Nature) Expatriate
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Play 14 I.03b: Some Realist Theories of Perception 02 (Prof. Whitehead & the Concept of Nature) Expatriate
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Play 15 I.03b: Some Realist Theories of Perception 03 (Prof. Whitehead & the Concept of Nature) Expatriate
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Play 16 I.03c: Some Realist Theories of Perception 01 (The Critical Realists) Expatriate
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Play 17 I.03c: Some Realist Theories of Perception 02 (The Critical Realists) Expatriate
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Play 18 I.04a: Antinomies of Space & Time (The Antinomies) Expatriate
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Play 19 I.04b: Antinomies of Space & Time (Some Modern Solutions) Expatriate
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Play 20 I.04c: Antinomies of Space & Time (The Compact Series Considered) Expatriate
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Play 21 I.05a: "Space, Time & Deity" 01 (Space-Time) Expatriate
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Play 22 I.05a: "Space, Time & Deity" 02 (Space-Time) Expatriate
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Play 23 I.05b: "Space, Time & Deity" (The Categories) Expatriate
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Play 24 I.05c: "Space, Time & Deity" (Quality) Expatriate
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Play 25 I.05d: "Space, Time & Deity" (Consciousness) Expatriate
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Play 26 I.05e: "Space, Time & Deity" (Deity) Expatriate
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Play 27 II.06a: Space, Time & Consciousness (The Problem) Expatriate
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Play 28 II.06b: Space, Time & Consciousness (Consciousness & Space-Time) Expatriate
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Play 29 II.06c: Space, Time & Consciousness (Consciousness & the Categories) Expatriate
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Play 30 II.06d: Space, Time & Consciousness (Relativity) Expatriate
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Play 31 II.07: Space, Time & Other Consciousnesses Expatriate
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Play 32 II.08: Difficulties & Objections Expatriate
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Play 33 II.09: Primary Consciousness Expatriate
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Play 34 II.10: Secondary Consciousness Expatriate
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Play 35 II.11: Ultimate Consciousness Expatriate
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Play 36 II.12: Summary Expatriate
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Play 37 APPENDIX Expatriate
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