History as re-enactment: R.G. Collingwood's idea of history

New York: Oxford University Press (1995)
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This book explains and defends a central ideas in the theory of history put forward by R. G. Collingwood, perhaps the foremost philosopher of history in the 20th century. Professor Dray analyses critically the idea of re-enactment, explores the limits of its applicability, and determines its relationship to other key Collingwoodian ideas, such as the role of imagination in historical thinking, and the indispensability of a point of view.



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History and Philosophy

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 p... see more

Re-enactment and Understanding

This chapter examines some things which R. G. Collingwood had to say about what he saw as paradigmatic cases of re-enactment: cases in which the past actions of particular individuals are understood in terms of what the person concerned thought about his situation. Collingwood's chief clai... see more

Intellect, Rationality, Feeling

This chapter examines the question of whether R. G. Collingwood's theory of historical understanding is generally applicable to an historical subject-matter. Even those who have found much to admire in Collingwood's Idea of History and related writings have often complained that his idea o... see more

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