The Implications of Idealism THE question I want to consider, in the next place, is not so much whether philosophical idealism be true-though I would not avoid that topic-as whether, if it were true, it should transfigure cosmology, anthropology and theology. How and to what extent do the world, man and God look very different to the eyes of a philosophical idealist from the way they look to other men, including other philosophical men? The first impact of philosophical idealism upon any of our minds, I think, is full of mystery and of delight. It is a marvellous dawn that seems to spring, not from dreams and fancies, but from hard thinking and from rigorous argument. Should it fade into a light not dissimilar from the light of common day or does it retain its magic when the rapture of its first enchantment has to yield to inevitable familiarity?