David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of the Philosophy of History 6 (1):44-59 (2012)
Abstract Biography is usually distinguished from history and, in comparison, looked down upon. R. G. Collingwood's view of biography seems to fit this statement considering that he says it has only gossip-value and that “history it can never be“. His main concern is that biography exploits and arouses emotions which he excludes from the domain of history. In the paper I will try to show that one can salvage a more positive view of biography from within Collingwood's work and claim that his explicit attacks against biography target specifically the sensationalist kind. First, I will show that Collingwood, in his later writings, allowed that, not only thought, but also relevant emotions can be the subject matter of history, which means that even if one takes biography to deal with emotions, it can still qualify as history. Second, I will argue, based mainly on Collingwood's Principles of Art , that biography can be compared to portrait painting, in which case, it can be redeemed as a work of art and not just craft and, thus, have more than entertainment value. It can also be part of history, and more specifically part of the history of art which Collingwood endorses, if one takes the life of an individual, recounted by a biographer, to be an artistic creation, as Collingwood seems to suggest
|Keywords||history thought emotions Collingwood biography re-enactment|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Guido Vanheeswijck (2012). History Man. The First Biography on R.G. Collingwood. Journal of the Philosophy of History 6 (1):134-142.
John Henry Bridges (1914/1976). The Life & Work of Roger Bacon: An Introduction to the Opus Majus. Richwood Pub. Co..
Srinivasa Iyengar & R. K. (1985). Sri Aurobindo: A Biography and a History. Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education.
Arthur Edward Waite (1975). Raymund Lully, Illuminated Doctor, Alchemist and Christian Mystic. Gordon Press.
Peter G. Bietenholz (1966). History and Biography in the Work of Erasmus of Rotterdam. Genève, Droz.
Anthony Quinton (1980). Francis Bacon. Oxford University Press.
J. Max Patrick (1966). Francis Bacon. [London]Published for the British Council and the National Book League by Longmans, Green.
Michael Benton (2011). Towards a Poetics of Literary Biography. Journal of Aesthetic Education 45 (3):67-87.
Hock Guan Tjoa (1977). George Henry Lewes: A Victorian Mind. Harvard University Press.
Fragano Ledgister (2010). History as Biography, Biography as History. In Paul E. Kerry (ed.), Thomas Carlyle Resartus: Reappraising Carlyle's Contribution to the Philosophy of History, Political Theory, and Cultural Criticism. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
Thomas R. Flynn (2006). Sartre on the Couch. Sartre Studies International 12 (2):92-100.
Jack Russell Weinstein (2011). Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life. Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (4):499-501.
Jeffrie G. Murphy (1970/1994). Kant: The Philosophy of Right. Mercer University Press.
Added to index2012-04-15
Total downloads43 ( #56,686 of 1,696,808 )
Recent downloads (6 months)36 ( #10,452 of 1,696,808 )
How can I increase my downloads?