"My best book in matter; in style, I may call it my only book." - R. G. Collingwood
Collingwood's mature work of metaphysics seeks to overhaul the notion of philosophical method, assigning philosophy the task of "thinking out the idea of an object that shall completely satisfy the demands of reason." He saw natural science and history falling short in their accounts of our knowledge and limited in their aims. Propositions in philosophy, he believes, must have the scope of both natural science and history, to be both universal and categorical. The Essay is particularly interesting as an embodiment of the idealistic metaphysics Collingwood abandoned in later life.
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The late R.G. Collingwood was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University. James Connelly is in the School of Human Sciences and Communication, Southampton Institute. Giuseppina D'Oro is in the Department of Philosophy, Keele University.Review:
"One of the finest restatements of contemporary British philosophy of a Platonic and Hegelian metaphysic viewed from a modern standpoint." -- Times Literary Supplement
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Book Description Thoemmes Press, Bristol, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. Reprint of First Edition. James Connelly and Giuseppina D'Oro present a new edition of R. G. Collingwood's classic work of 1933, supplementing the original text with important related writings from Collingwood's manuscripts which appear here for the first time. The editors also contribute a substantial new introduction. The volume will be welcomed by all historians of twentieth-century philosophy. 226pp. N.B. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Bookseller Inventory # 024595