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John Viriamu Jones and Welsh idealism

Christofides, William 2022. John Viriamu Jones and Welsh idealism. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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The formation of the University of Wales was contemporary with the establishment and increased popularity of the philosophical school of British Idealism. Each of the University’s founding Colleges (in Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Cardiff) contained Idealist philosophers and scholars who either led or oversaw their development. The role British Idealism played in establishing a national higher education in Wales has been neglected and is an area of sparse research. This thesis redresses this absence by providing a detailed consideration of how Idealism related to Welsh educational reform. It does this by considering the life and career of John Viriamu Jones, the first Principal of the University College of Wales, Cardiff, and a key figure in the development of the University of Wales Charter. John Viriamu Jones, the son of a Welsh collier, went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he was educated by English Idealist thinkers such as T.H. Green, Benjamin Jowett, and Frederick Temple. Inspired by the teaching he received, Viriamu Jones brought this Idealist philosophy back to his homeland and put it into practice. By considering the life of this individual, and the role Idealism played in his educational ambitions, this thesis is a history of Idealism in action.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
L Education > LA History of education
Funders: James Pantyfedwen Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 October 2023
Date of Acceptance: 12 October 2023
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2023 09:59

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