Francis Herbert Bradley was an influential English philosopher of the absolute Idealist school, which considers mind to be more fundamental feature of the universe rather than the matter. Born in the middle of nineteenth century to a well-known Anglican preacher and raised in a large family, he was never of robust health, as a result of which he was taken out of school to be educated at home. Later, he entered the University of Oxford and on graduating from there accepted a life-long fellowship at Merton College Oxford, thereafter devoting his life to philosophical research, producing some distinguished works like Appearance and Reality. Rejecting the utilitarian and empiricist trends in British philosophy, which are in general represented by John Locke, David Hume, and John Stuart Mill, he drew heavily on Immanuel Kant, Johann Fichte, Friedrich Schelling, and G.W.F. Hegel. His works, centered mainly on metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of history and logic, greatly impacted the thoughts of later-day philosophers and poets like Bernard Bosanquet, C. A. Campbell, James Ward, Alfred North Whitehead and T. S. Eliot. For his contributions to the field of philosophy and logic, he was later bestowed with the Order of Merit.