Mrs Humphry Ward and Greenian Philosophy

Religion, Society and Politics

  • Helen Loader

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Helen Loader
    Pages 1-16
  3. Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Helen Loader
      Pages 19-37
  4. Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Helen Loader
      Pages 103-118
    3. Helen Loader
      Pages 131-150
  5. Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Helen Loader
      Pages 201-216
    3. Helen Loader
      Pages 217-231
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-281

About this book


This book examines Mary Ward’s distinctive insight into late-Victorian and Edwardian society as a famous writer and reformer, who was inspired by the philosopher and British idealist, Thomas Hill Green. As a talented woman who had studied among Oxford University intellectuals in the 1870s, and the granddaughter of Dr Arnold of Rugby, Mrs Humphry Ward (as she was best known) was in a unique position to participate in the debates, issues and events that shaped her generation; religious doubt and Christianity, educational reforms, socialism, women’s suffrage and the First World War. Helen Loader examines a range of biographical sources, alongside Mary Ward’s writings and social reform activities, to demonstrate how she expressed and engaged with Greenian idealism, both in theory and practice, and made a significant contribution to British Society.


women's education Victorian social reform moral philosophy women's history Thomas Hill Green

Authors and affiliations

  • Helen Loader
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for History of Women’s EducationUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-14108-0
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