Mill, German Idealism and the Analytic/Continental Divide

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A broad comparison is made in this essay between the state of Anglophone and Continental philosophy at the time Mill wrote and the so-called Analytic/Continental divide as it exists now. How did Mill regard the divide as it was then, and how would he fit it now? His Schillerian idea of self-realisation, together with the criticism of society and culture that he based on it, put him in what he called the “German-Coleridgean” camp; but he rejected the metaphysics of German idealism. I suggest that a similar critical stance towards contemporary society, based on a similar philosophical standpoint, still has force.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Mill
Subtitle of host publicationBlackwell Companionss to Philosophy
Editorschristopher macleod, Dale E. Miller
Place of PublicationChichester
Pages535 - 550
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118736463
ISBN (Print)9781118736524
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • John Stuart Mill


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