The English Idea of History from Coleridge to Collingwood

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"Despite the widely remarked indifference to philosophy of history that has characterised most British historians, important things were said in Britain from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth about historical knowledge and the nature of human history. This is a study of that distinctively English, Idealist tradition. It connects Coleridge and Carlyle, whose writings have been the focus predominantly of literary scholarship, to thinkers who have been the subjects of philosophers', rather than historians', interest - John Stuart Mill, F.H. Bradley and R.G. Collingwood. It also draws parallels between Idealist thinking about history and Postmodernism."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840142549
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Revolt against Empiricism and Materialism 9
3 Thomas Carlyle: A 'Chaos of Being' and Heroism 33
4 History in Mill's System of Logic 61
5 The Rationality of History: The Oxford Idealists 71
6 Bernard Bosanquet, Historical Knowledge and the History of Ideas 95
7 F.H. Bradley and the Presuppositions of Critical History 111
8 Oakeshott: The Experience of History and the Construction of the Past 135
9 The Development of Collingwood's Philosophy of History 161
10 The Collingwood Achievement 191
11 Idealism and Postmodernism 217
Bibliography 231
Index 241
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