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dc.contributor.authorFessenbecker, Patricken_US
dc.contributor.editorBerges, Sandrine
dc.contributor.editorSiani, A. L.
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-23T05:33:38Z
dc.date.available2019-04-23T05:33:38Z
dc.date.issued2018en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9781315185330
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/50891
dc.descriptionChapter 10en_US
dc.description.abstractAn often-mentioned marker of the influence of British Idealism at the end of the 19th century is the best-selling novel of 1888, Mrs Humphry (Mary Augusta) Ward’s Robert Elsmere, which draws heavily on Idealist themes and is usually understood as a popularization of T. H. Green’s view. Yet Ward deserves credit as a thinker in her own right, particularly for her creativity in explicating one of the most difficult components of Green’s view: the idea that we can only realize ourselves through certain kinds of relationships with each other. In Robert Elsmere, Ward tells the story of a disaffected clergyman who finds a new outlet for his religious energy in the thought of “Mr. Grey,” a philosopher who helps Robert to see each individual religion as a step in the progression in the realization of the Divine Spirit. But the novel pairs this trajectory with the story of two women: Robert’s wife Catherine and Catherine’s sister Rose, both of whom struggle with the role of religion in their lives and with Robert’s newfound mission. Through her portrayal of their psychological struggles, Ward questions whether the consensus about the good Green’s theory requires for autonomy is in fact actually attainable.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.relation.ispartofWomen philosophers on autonomy: Historical and contemporary perspectivesen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.4324/9781315185330en_US
dc.titleAutonomy, divinity, and the common good: Selflessness as a source of freedom in thomas hill green and mary augusta warden_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.departmentProgram in Cultures, Civilization and Ideasen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
dc.citation.spage149en_US
dc.citation.epage163en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.4324/9781315185330en_US
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_US


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