An Essay on Philosophical Method (Key Texts)

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2014 Reprint of 1933 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943) was a British philosopher and practicing archaeologist best known for his work in aesthetics and the philosophy of history. Collingwood is the author of one of the most important treatises in meta-philosophy written in the first half of the twentieth century, "An Essay on Philosophical Method" (1933), which is a sustained attempt to explain why philosophy is an autonomous discipline with a distinctive method and subject matter that differ from those of the natural and the exact sciences.

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This work of metaphysics seeks to overhaul the notion of the 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 also relevant as an embodiment of the idealistic metaphysics Collingwood abandoned in later life.

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James Connelly is Professor of Political Thought at Southampton Solent University Giuseppina is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Keele University

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