J. M. E. McTaggart
John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart, commonly John McTaggart or J. M. E. McTaggart (3 September 1866 – 18 January 1925) was an idealist metaphysician. For most of his life McTaggart was a fellow and lecturer in philosophy at Trinity College. He was an exponent of the philosophy of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and among the most notable of the British idealists.
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- The really fundamental aspect of the dialectic is not the tendency of the finite category to negate itself but to complete itself.
- Studies in the Hegelian Dialectic (1896), p. 10.
- Religion has always, I think, implied a belief in some fundamental harmony, some sort of reconciliation between the claims of our own nature and the facts of the universe.
- Some Dogmas of Religion (1906), p. 9.
- On the determinist hypothesis an omnipotent God could have prevented all sin by creating us with better natures and in more favourable surroundings. … Hence we should not be responsible for our sins to God.
- Some Dogmas of Religion (1906), p. 165.