Stirling, James Hutchison

Stirling, James Hutchison,

1820–1909, Scottish philosopher. His most influential works are The Secret of Hegel (1865) and Text Book to Kant (1881), in which Stirling attempts to connect closely the theories of KantKant, Immanuel
, 1724–1804, German metaphysician, one of the greatest figures in philosophy, b. Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia). Early Life and Works
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 and HegelHegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
, 1770–1831, German philosopher, b. Stuttgart; son of a government clerk. Life and Works

Educated in theology at Tübingen, Hegel was a private tutor at Bern and Frankfurt.
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Stirling, James Hutchison


Born June 22,1820, in Glasgow; died Mar. 19, 1909, in Edinburgh. British philosopher. Absolute idealist; one of the founders of neo-Hegelianism.

Stirling interpreted German classical philosophy as the restoration of faith in god, in the immortality of the soul, and in freedom of will, while juxtaposing this interpretation to the views of the left Hegelians and the Marxists. Denying the possibility of real development, Stirling attacked Darwinism. He was a translator and commentator of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Hegel’s Science of Logic.


Philosophy and Theology. Edinburgh, 1890.
Textbook to Kant. Edinburgh, 1881.
The Secret of Hegel, Being the Hegelian System in Origin, Principle, Form, and Matter. Edinburgh, 1898.
Darwinianism. Edinburgh, 1894.


Bogomolov, A. S. Angliiskaia burzhuaznaia filosofiia XX v., Moscow, 1973. Pages 54–57.
Stirling, A. H. J. H. Stirling: His Life and Work. London-Leipzig, 1911.
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