Collingwood's The Idea of History: A Reader's Guide

Collingwood's The Idea of History: A Reader's Guide

by Peter Johnson

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Collingwood's The Idea of History: A Reader's Guide by Peter Johnson

The Idea of History is the best known work of the Oxford philosopher and historian RG Collingwood. Published posthumously in 1946 it is, in effect, two books: a historiography and a philosophy of history. Students look to Collingwood for a history of thinking about history, and to discover his ideas about the nature of historical understanding. It is an indispensable text for historians and philosophers yet it is also highly challenging and many of Collingwood's innovations have been seriously misunderstood. The primary focus of this book is on Collingwood's actual arguments, especially the most radical of these, with the aim of elucidating their construction and appraising them in the clearest possible way. This guide is the ideal companion to Collingwood's classic text both for students coming to it for the first time and for those wishing to consider its arguments afresh. It offers clear and concise accounts of the book's composition; the intellectual context of Collingwood's ideas; its central arguments concerning the nature of history; and its reception and influence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441151230
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Series: Reader's Guides Series , #251
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Johnson is the critically acclaimed author of several collections of poetry, short stories, and novels, including Miracles & Mortifications, winner of the James Laughlin Award, Eduardo & “I,” Pretty Happy!, Love Poems for the Millennium, Rants and Raves: Selected and New Prose Poems, I’m a Man, and two young adult novels: Loserville and What Happened, a Paterson Prize winner that ALA Booklist called the “most gorgeously written YA of 2007.” Johnson is the recipient of two creat

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