This collection of readings, the first of its kind, has been chosen with a view to displaying the variety, richness and strength of the Scottish Idealist tradition, beginning with an essay from the famous Essays in Philosophical Criticism (1883), a book that set-out the future direction of enquiry for this group of thinkers who shared a 'common purpose or tendency'. Scottish Idealism was immensely spiritual in character and recognized no hard and fast distinctions between philosophy, religion, poetry and science. It was a formidable force in social and educational reform.
Keywords: Idealism, idealist, Scottish philosophy, Caird, Ritchie, Pringle Pattison, Mitchell, Watson, Henry Jones, Essays in Philosophical Criticism, philosophy of art, Hegel, Hegelianism, epistemology, morality, moral obligation, political philosophy, T.H. Green, animal rights, higher nationality