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BRADLEY, Francis Herbert.

Appearance and Reality.

A metaphysical essay.

London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co, and New York: Macmillan & Co., 1893 Stock Code: 144676
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First edition of Bradley's most important work, a major text of British idealism.

"Appearance and Reality is divided into two books. The first, 'Appearance', is brief, and its aim destructive, arguing that 'the ideas by which we try to understand the universe' all bring us ultimately to contradictions when we try to think out their implications. Some of these ideas belong especially to philosophy, such as the view that only the primary qualities are real and the Kantian notion of a thing-in-itself; others, for instance the notions of cause, motion, self, space, thing and time, are deployed in everyday life. The second book, 'Reality', is long; its aim is to provide a positive account of the Absolute - the ultimate, unconditioned reality as it is in itself, not distorted by projection through the conceptual mechanisms of thought" (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Bradley's work influenced T. S. Eliot, Bradley's philosophy being the subject of Eliot's unpresented doctoral thesis at Harvard.

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Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt (variant without publisher's device), recased and relined with new black endpapers.


Contemporary ownership signature to initial advertisement page, later ownership blindstamp to dedication page, a few minor pencilled annotations. Lightly rubbed and sunned, minor edge wear. A good copy.


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