This page features a collection of the best resources on idealism. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of idealism:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Idealism. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 33,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces idealism:
“…Within modern philosophy there have been two fundamental conceptions of idealism:
1. Something mental (the mind, spirit, reason, will) is the ultimate foundation of all reality, or even exhaustive of reality, and
2. Although the existence of something independent of the mind is conceded, everything that we can know about this mind-independent “reality” is held to be so permeated by the creative, formative, or constructive activities of the mind (of some kind or other) that all claims to knowledge must be considered, in some sense, to be a form of self-knowledge. . . .”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Keith Ward discuss Idealism in Eastern and Western Philosophy on the Philosophy Bites podcast [16:31 mins]
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