The Idea of History: With Lectures 1926-1928 by R. G. Collingwood

By R. G. Collingwood

The suggestion of History is the best-known paintings of the good Oxford thinker, historian, and archaeologist R.G. Collingwood. It used to be initially released posthumously in 1946, having been frequently reconstructed from Collingwood's manuscripts, lots of that are now misplaced. this significant paintings examines how the assumption of background has advanced from the time of Herodotus to the 20th century, and gives Collingwood's personal view of what heritage is. For this revised variation, Collingwood's most vital lectures at the philosophy of historical past are released right here for the 1st time. those texts were ready through Jan van der Dussen from manuscripts that experience only in the near past turn into to be had. The lectures include Collingwood's first finished assertion of his philosophy of background; they're accordingly crucial for a whole knowing of his concept, and particularly for an accurate interpretation of The suggestion of History itself. Van der Dussen contributes a considerable advent during which he explains the heritage to this re-creation and surveys the scholarship of the final fifty years.

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The first was a set of lectures called 'Lectures on the Philosophy of History', which Collingwood had written and delivered during the first two terms of 1936. They were repeated in a revised form in 1940 under the title 'The Idea of History', and Collingwood intended to work them into a book with the same title. The second manuscript, The Principles of History, was of a different nature: it was Collingwood's intention to have it published as a separate book and he mainly worked at it in February 1939 on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies, during a trip he made to recuperate after suffering a major stroke.

Dray, Laws and Explanation in History ( Oxford, 1957), p. , "R. G. Collingwood and the Acquaintance Theory of Knowledge", Revueinternationale de philosophie -xxvii- developed from this basic assumption an interpretation of his own: understanding by rethinking should be seen as following a practical argument in which a rational necessity is discerned. This view was worked out in depth by Dray in his well-known Laws and Explanation in History ( 1957), in which a 'rational explanation model' is put against the positivist 'covering law model'.

It is also certain that Knox omitted chapters two and three of The Principles of History. In his scheme for this book the second chapter was described by Collingwood as follows: 'State and expound the conception of Action (res gestae). Contrast this with the conception of Process or Change and the pseudo-history which that implies', and the third chapter as: 'Conception of Re-enactment and contrast the Dead Past and Completeness'. With hindsight it is of course unfortunate that these chapters were not published.

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