Collingwood and Historical Testimony

C. A. J. Coady

in Testimony

Published in print October 1994 | ISBN: 9780198235514
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597220 | DOI:
Collingwood and Historical Testimony

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Explores R. G. Collingwood's influential account of the role of testimony in historical knowledge. Collingwood minimizes the significance of testimony from the past as a source of knowledge in truly rigorous or scientific history, relegating its use to the practitioners of inferior ‘scissors‐and‐paste’ history, and going so far as to claim that history ‘has no relation with testimony at all’. His position is analysed and his arguments for it (and for the rejection of ‘historical facts’) are criticized.

Keywords: authority; autonomy; E. H. Carr; Collingwood; common sense; facts; historical facts; historical knowledge; imagination; reconstruction

Chapter.  8122 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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