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Green, Thomas Hill (1836–1882)
Thomas Hill Green is the leading philosopher of British idealism, the dominant strand in British political philosophy from the 1870s through the 1920s. Often characterized as a conservative communitarian, Green is more accurately understood as a radical republican of a liberal socialist cast. His philosophy was bound up with his civic and political activities, including his campaigning for franchise reform, the extension of university education to women, land reform, and, after 1874, temperance. Green was born on April 7, 1836; entered Rugby School in 1850, where he befriended Henry Sidgwick, before entering Balliol College at Oxford University in 1855. He graduated in 1859, eventually settling into an academic career in 1866. He was Whyte's Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford from 1878 until his death from blood poisoning on March 26, 1882. Green held that normative philosophy, including political philosophy, should start from a critical appraisal of one's own world. ...