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date: 12 July 2020

Croce, Benedetto (1866–1952), Italian philosopher. 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Author(s):
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

He came under the influence of *Hegelianism while a law student at Rome and from 1886 onwards devoted himself to philosophical studies at Naples. His philosophy is a form of ‘Creative Idealism’ which concentrates on the forms taken by the life of the Spirit. Of these forms Croce recognizes four, namely, ‘Intuition’ (art), ‘Concept’ (science, philosophy, and history), ‘Individuality’ (economics), and ‘Universality’ (ethics). Religion he held to be a sub-form of Intuition, and Theology an illicit application of Concept, and both only transitory manifestations of the Spirit. His principal writings are the series collectively entitled ... ...

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