<historyof philosophy, biography> Scottish idealist philosopher (1853-1903). Ritchie is usually remembered for his political thought, and primarily for his analysis of natural rights and for his criticisms of the positions of Herbert Spencer and J.S. Mill on the nature and role of the state in The Principles of State Interference (1891) and Natural Rights (1895). Ritchie is also known for his attempts to reconcile Darwinism and idealist thought in Darwinism and Politics (1889) and Darwin and Hegel with Other Philosophical Studies (1893). (Contributed by Will Sweet.) Recommended Reading: The Collected Works of D. G. Ritchie, ed. by Peter Nicholson (Thoemmes, 1998).
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