David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (2):138-166 (2008)
In this paper, I offer both a brief study of Collingwood's conception of historical explanation and epistemological historicity, and an examination of the influence of Collingwood's work on the historical methodology of Quentin Skinner and on Gadamer's hermeneutic philosophy. Collingwood's work on the philosophy of history manifests a tension between the realist implications of the doctrine of reenactment and the logic of question and answer on the one hand, and, on the other, the constructionist tendency of the rest of his work on the logic of historical inquiry and on the hermeneutic character of his more general conception of human historicity. This tension is displayed in the divergent interpretations of Collingwood by Quentin Skinner and Hans-Georg Gadamer, and in the inherent difficulties of each man's philosophy of history. I argue that the weaknesses of Skinner's methodological historicism are present already in his reading of Collingwood and reflect the difficulties inherent in understanding Collingwood as offering primarily a methodology of history. I also claim that Gadamer's hermeneutic philosophy, while presenting a more plausible reading of Collingwood, suffers from tensions similar to those within Collingwood's work between the logic of explanation and the logic of practical recommendation, and between the character of historical explanation and the character of philosophical understanding.
|Keywords||Collingwood Philosophy of History|
|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
Tyson Retz (2013). A Moderate Hermeneutical Approach to Empathy in History Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory 47 (3):1-13.
Similar books and articles
R. G. Collingwood (2005/2000). An Essay on Philosophical Method. Oxford University Press.
John P. Hogan (1987). Hermeneutics and the Logic of Question and Answer: Collingwood and Gadamer. Heythrop Journal 28 (3):263–284.
A. P. Fell (1991). R. G. Collingwood and the Hermeneutical Tradition. International Studies in Philosophy 23 (3):1-12.
Serge Grigoriev (2008). Continuity of the Rational: Naturalism and Historical Understanding in Collingwood. Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (2):119-137.
Gary K. Browning (2004). Rethinking R.G. Collingwood: Philosophy, Politics, and the Unity of Theory and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan.
Pablo Arnau (1997). Relativismo Cognitivo E Historicidad: (Dilthey, Collingwood, Gadamer). Universitat de València.
John Luckman (1991). Metaphysics, History and the Unpublished Manuscripts. International Studies in Philosophy 23 (3):27-45.
Stephen Turner (2011). Collingwood and Weber Vs. Mink: History After the Cognitive Turn. Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (2):230-260.
Dimitrios Vardoulakis (2004). The Vicissitude of Completeness: Gadamer's Criticism of Collingwood. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (1):3 – 19.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads83 ( #40,497 of 1,727,171 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #369,877 of 1,727,171 )
How can I increase my downloads?