The Idea of History

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Oxford University Press, 1951 - 510 Seiten
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The Idea of History is the best-known work of the great Oxford philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R.G. Collingwood. It was originally published posthumously in 1946, having been mainly reconstructed from Collingwood's manuscripts, many of which are now lost. This important work examines how the idea of history has evolved from the time of Herodotus to the twentieth century, and offers Collingwood's own view of what history is. For this revised edition, Collingwood's most important lectures on the philosophy of history are published here for the first time. These texts have been prepared by Jan van der Dussen from manuscripts that have only recently become available. The lectures contain Collingwood's first comprehensive statement of his philosophy of history; they are therefore essential for a full understanding of his thought, and in particular for a correct interpretation of The Idea of History itself. Van der Dussen contributes a substantial introduction in which he explains the background to this new edition and surveys the scholarship of the last fifty years.

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Review: The Idea of History

Nutzerbericht  - Brett Green - Goodreads

Need to read this again. A lot of good food for thought for people just getting started in philosophy, esp philosophy of history. A quarter of the text or so covers developments in how older periods ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Review: The Idea of History

Nutzerbericht  - Leah - Goodreads

"history is historically contingent" -- surely a revolutionary thesis in it's time (1946) -- now feels a bit like old news. The writing is exceedingly clear and analytical, which maybe says something ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (1951)

The late R. G. Collingwood was Wayflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy in the University of Oxford from 1935 to 1941. Four of his books are available in paperback from Oxford University Press: The Principles of Art, The Idea of History, The Idea of Nature, and An Autobiography. In 1989 the Press published his Essays in Political Philosophy, and in 1992 a revised edition of the last work published in his lifetime, The New Leviathan, accompanied by new material from his manuscripts; both of these books are edited by David Boucher. Jan van der Dussen is Professor of History and Philosophy in the department of Humanities at the Open University of the Netherlands. His previous publications include History as a Science: The Philosophy of R. G. Collingwood (Martinus Hijhoff, 1981).

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