Collingwood On History Essay by The Research Group

Collingwood On History
Discusses the philosophy of history according to R.G. Collingwood. Examines the unique perspective and methods undertaken in the study of history by Collingwood.
# 22049 | 675 words | 1 source | 1995 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2003 in Philosophy (History) , Philosophy (General)


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"R.G. Collingwood approaches history from a unique perspective and suggests in doing so the nature and value of history and how it proceeds. He sets out to develop a philosophy of history and to link this new branch of philosophy with the old traditional doctrines. He points out first that history is a special form of thought, like theology or natural science. He gives a definition of history as a kind of research, belonging generically in the sciences, or the forms of thought whereby we ask questions and try to answer them. All science begins from ignorance, from asking what we do not know rather than recounting what we do. He says that the object of history, the matter being studied, is the actions of human beings that have been done in the past. The inquiry of history proceeds by the ..."

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