Jennifer Keefe

Position title: UW System Fellow (2019-2020)

Politics-Philosophy-Law (Philosophy), UW-Parkside

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Nineteenth-Century Scottish Idealism

This book provides a critical study of the history of Scottish Idealism from the mid-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century. The primary focus will be an examination of the development of a post-Hegelian account of reality, which anchors the moral, social, political and religious perspectives of the Scottish Idealists. There are two types of Scottish Idealism: Absolute Idealism and Personal Idealism. And, this book will show the ways in which these philosophical systems arise by showing the development of Idealism in the aftermath of the Scottish Enlightenment and by focusing on their leading representatives: Edward Caird and Andrew Seth Pringle-Pattison.

Jennifer Keefe is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Politics, Philosophy & Law at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where she has taught since 2008. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and an MLitt in Scottish Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen. Her areas of specialization are British Idealism and Scottish Philosophy. She has published several book chapters and articles in publications such as The Nineteenth Century Reader (Routledge), Scottish Philosophy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Oxford University Press), Journal of Scottish Philosophy and The Monist, and she is the editor of J.F. Ferrier: Selected Philosophical Writings, Imprint Academic, (Exeter: 2011).