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Ideas of T.H. Green, by Text

[British, 1836 - 1882, Born in Yorkshire. Tutor at Balliol College. Professor of Moral Philosophy in Oxford from 1878.]

1875 works
p.8 Ideals and metaphysics are practical, not imaginative or speculative [Muirhead]
p.13 Truth is a relation to a whole of organised knowledge in the collection of rational minds [Muirhead]
p.17 God is the ideal end of the mature mind's final development
p.27 What is distinctive of human life is the desire for self-improvement [Muirhead]
p.27 Hedonism offers no satisfaction, because what we desire is self-betterment [Muirhead]
p.28 The ultimate test for truth is the systematic interdependence in nature [Muirhead]
p.33 The good is identified by the capacities of its participants [Muirhead]
p.37 A true state is only unified and stabilised by acknowledging individuality [Muirhead]
p.37 People only develop their personality through co-operation with the social whole [Muirhead]
p.47 All knowledge rests on a fundamental unity between the knower and what is known [Muirhead]
p.67 Politics is compromises, which seem supported by a social contract, but express the will of no one
p.83 The ideal is a society in which all citizens are ladies and gentlemen
iii: 224 p.41 If something develops, its true nature is embodied in its end
iii:226-7 p.43 God is the realisation of the possibilities of each man's self
iii:436 p.85 Enfranchisement is an end in itself; it makes a person moral, and gives a basis for respect
1882 Lectures on the Principles of Political Obligation
p.4 The highest political efforts express our deeper social spirit [Muirhead]
p.11 Knowledge is secured by the relations between its parts, through differences and identities [Muirhead]
p.44 National spirit only exists in the individuals who embody it [Muirhead]
p.79 The ground of property ownership is not force but the power to use it for social ends [Muirhead]
p.84 Equality also implies liberty, because equality must be of opportunity as well as possessions
p.93 Communism is wrong because it restricts the freedom of individuals to contribute to the community [Muirhead]
146 p.72 States only have full authority if they heed the claims of human fellowship
218 p.77 Original common ownership is securing private property, not denying it [Muirhead]
220 p.80 Property is needed by all citizens, to empower them to achieve social goods
1882 Prolegomena to Ethics
p.134 p.29 The good life aims at perfections, or absolute laws, or what is absolutely desirable
p.180 p.34 People are improved by egalitarian institutions and habits
p.193 p.44 All talk of the progress of a nation must reduce to the progress of its individual members