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The Idealism and Pantheism of May Sinclair

  • EMILY THOMAS (a1)

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During the early twentieth century, British novelist and philosopher May Sinclair published two book-length defenses of idealism. Although Sinclair is well known to literary scholars, she is little known to the history of philosophy. This paper provides the first substantial scholarship on Sinclair's philosophical views, focusing on her mature idealism. Although Sinclair is working within the larger British idealist tradition, her argument for Absolute idealism is unique, founded on Samuel Alexander's new realist beliefs about the reality of time. Her metaphysics takes idealism and pantheism in new directions and provides fresh insight into 1920s debates between British idealisms and realisms.

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This article is the third in a special series of commissioned articles on women in the history of philosophy. The second article ‘Olympe de Gouges versus Rousseau: Happiness, Primitive Societies, and the Theater’, by Sandrine Bergès, appeared in Volume 4, Issue 4, pp. 433–451.

The research for this article was generously supported by the Pantheism and Panentheism Project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. I am also grateful to James Connelly, Yujin Nagasawa, Jeremy Dunham, Sophia Connell, Keith Ansell-Pearson, Matthew Duncombe, and an anonymous referee for this journal for helpful comments on earlier drafts.

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