The Philosophy of Enchantment: Studies in Folktale, Cultural Criticism, and Anthropology

The Philosophy of Enchantment: Studies in Folktale, Cultural Criticism, and Anthropology

by R. G. Collingwood
     
 

This is the long-awaited publication of a set of writings by the British philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R.G. Collingwood (1889-1943) on critical, anthropological, and cultural themes only hinted at in his previously available work. At the core are six essays on folktale and magic in which Collingwood applies the principles of his philosophy of history to

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This is the long-awaited publication of a set of writings by the British philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R.G. Collingwood (1889-1943) on critical, anthropological, and cultural themes only hinted at in his previously available work. At the core are six essays on folktale and magic in which Collingwood applies the principles of his philosophy of history to problems in the long-term evolution of human society and culture. The volume opens with three substantial introductory essays by the editors, authorities in their various fields, who provide their explanatory and contextual notes to guide the reader through the texts. The Philosophy of Enchantment highlights the broad range of Collingwood's intellectual engagements, their integration, and their relevance to current areas of debate in the fields of philosophy, cultural studies, social and literary history, and anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199228089
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/18/2007
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
The Re-Enactment of Self: Perspectives from Literature, Criticism, and Culture, Philip Smallwood
A Fieldworker's Philosopher: Perspectives from Anthropology, Wendy James
In Defence of Collingwood: Perspectives from Philosophy and the History of Ideas, David Boucher
Part I: Art and Culture
1. Words and Tune
2. Observations on Language
3. Jane Austen (1921)
4. Jane Austen (?1934)
5. The Philosophy of Art
6. Aesthetic Theory and Artistic Practice
Part II: Tales of Enchantment
7. Fairy Tales
8. Three Methods of Approach: Philological, Functional, Psychological
9. The Historical Method
10. Magic
11. Excavating Cinderella and King Lear
12. The Authorship of Fairy-Tales
Addenda to the Folktale Manuscript
Part III: The Modern Unease
13. Art and the Machine
14. Man Goes Mad

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