This book discusses idealism and how it is routinely considered to be an instance of identification with the dominant class, a huge philosophical mistake, committed to a contra-intuitive doctrine, out of date, impossible to defend, even perhaps not possible to state clearly, something that need not be mentioned in discussing even the most important idealist thinkers, in short, the kind of thing one would be better off not being around, and certainly not something one should be espousing. Two of the main philosophical movements of the past century define their positions through the rejection of idealism. Once Engels had invented Marxism, he and his followers understood it as opposing idealism on the basis of materialism. In addition, Anglo-American philosophy emerged in England around the turn of the twentieth century, displacing British idealism.
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