History and Philosophy

Dray William H.

in History as Re-Enactment

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238812
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679780 | DOI:
History and Philosophy

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If the philosophy of history is now in a flourishing state in English-speaking countries and in countries where English is read, this is due in no small measure to the stimulus provided by the writings of R. G. Collingwood. Much of the best work that has been done in this field since the posthumous publication in 1946 of his well-known book The Idea of History has been a conscious attempt to develop or to emend views which he expressed; and much of the rest has owed a good deal of its interest to its connection with those views. The extent to which Collingwood pioneered the subject in British philosophy is suggested by his own efforts in The Idea of History to name his British predecessors. This book presents a systematic critical examination of Collingwood's whole philosophy of history, focusing on his well-known contention that history is, or should be, a re-enactment of past experience or a re-thinking of past thought.

Keywords: history; R. G. Collingwood; philosophy; Great Britain; re-enactment

Chapter.  12391 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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