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Hilda Oakeley on Idealism, History and the Real Past (2015)


In the early twentieth century, Hilda Diana Oakeley (1867–1950) set out a new kind of British idealism. Oakeley is an idealist in the sense that she holds mind to actively contribute to the features of experience, but she also accepts that there is a world independent of mind. One of her central contributions to the idealist tradition is her thesis that minds construct our experiences using memory. This paper explores the theses underlying her idealism, and shows how they are intricately connected to the wider debates of her period. I go on to explain how the parts of Oakeley's idealism are connected to further areas of her thought – specifically, her views on history and her growing block theory of time – to provide a sense of Oakeley's philosophy as a system. As there is no existing literature on Oakeley, this paper aims to open a path for further scholarship.

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Authors & Contributors
Baptista, Ana Maria Haddad
Beard, Mary
Buckland, Adelene
Candlish, Stewart
Collins, Alan F.
Dixon, Joy
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Dianoia: Annali di storia della filosofia
Gender and History
Huntington Library Quarterly
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Association for Asian Studies and University of Hawai'i Press
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
Palgrave Macmillan
Stanford University Press
State University of New York Press
History as a discipline; chronology; study of the past
Idealism (philosophy)
Philosophy of science
Bergson, Henri Louis
Ashmole, Elias
Bachelard, Gaston
Bradley, Francis Herbert
Bruno, Giordano
Carnap, Rudolf
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
17th century
20th century
16th century
Great Britain
Berlin (Germany)
Vienna Circle
Berlin Group (Philosophy)

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