The Rational and the Real

An Essay in Metaphysics

  • Leslie¬†Armour

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
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    Pages 1-9
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    Pages 10-18
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    Pages 29-36
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    Pages 37-48
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    Pages 49-69
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    Pages 70-87
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    Pages 88-93
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 94-97

About this book


A book with so Hegelian a title should, I suppose, be more Hegelian than this one. I share with Hegel the conviction that the rational is the real and the real is the rational. I have learned something from Hegel and borrowed here and there. But the reader should not jump to conclusions. I rather fear that anti-Hegelians will not get past the title and that Hegelians, upon discovering heresy, will give up after the first chapter, but I continue to hope that my fear is quite unjustified. I should, I think, say something about the relation between this book and an earlier work, a University of London Ph. D. thesis, entitled Some Problems in British Idealist Ontology - a Re-examination and Attempted Reconstruction. There, I surveyed some key problems in idealist metaphysics and also endeavoured to discover just how strong a case could be made for the idealist position. I decided that a pretty strong case could be made and I was very nearly convinced by it. The position I have developed here is no longer, strictly speaking, idealist though it is perhaps more nearly idealist than anything else. I have used some ideas developed in the earlier work and some of the chapter titles are the same.


metaphysics ontology scepticism

Authors and affiliations

  • Leslie¬†Armour
    • 1
  1. 1.Lond.UK

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1962
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-0009-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-7489-3
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