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AuthorJohnston, William M. author
TitleThe Formative Years of R. G. Collingwood [electronic resource] / by William M. Johnston
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1967
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-9481-5
Descript XIV, 167 p. 2 illus. online resource

SUMMARY

Collingwood and Hegel R. G. Collingwood was a lonely thinker. Begrudgingly admired by some and bludgeoned by others, he failed to train a single disciple, just as he failed to communicate to the reading public his vision of the unity of experience. This failure stands in stark contrast to the success of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who won many disciples to a very similar point-of-view and whose influence on subsequent thought, having been rediscovered since 1920, has not yet been adequately explored. Collingwood and Hegel share three fundamental similarities: both men held overwhelming admiration of the Greeks, both possessed uniquely broad knowledge of academic controversies of their day, and both were inalterably convinced that human experience constiยญ tutes a single whole. If experts find Collingwood's vision of wholeness less satisfactory than Hegel's, much of the fault lies in the atmosphere in which Colยญ lingwood labored. Oxford in the 1920'S and 1930's, sceptical and specialized, was not the enthusiastic Heidelberg and Berlin of 1816 to 183I. What is important in Collingwood is not that he fell short of Hegel but that working under adverse conditions he came so elose. Indeed those unfamiliar with Hegel will find in Collingwood's early works, especially in Speculum M entis, a useful introduction to the great German


CONTENT

One The Family Background and Formal Education of R. G. Collingwood -- I. Introduction: A Sketch of R. G. Collingwoodโ{128}{153}s Career and Major Interests -- II. John Ruskin as an Inspiration for W. G. Collingwood and R. G. Collingwood -- III. The Literae Humaniores Program at Oxford and R. G. Collingwoodโ{128}{153}s Response to It -- IV. R. G. Collingwoodโ{128}{153}s Research in the Archaeology of Roman Britain -- Two The Unfolding of Collingwoodโ{128}{153}s Approach to Philosophy 1913โ{128}{147}1923 -- V. Collingwoodโ{128}{153}s Religion and Philosophy (1916) -- VI. Two Pivotal Essays: โ{128}{156}The Devilโ{128}{157} (1916) and Ruskinโ{128}{153}s Philosophy (1919/1922) -- VII. Benedetto Croce as a Foil to R. G. Collingwood -- VII. The Influence of Croce, Gentile, and Vico on Collingwood During the Early 1920โ{128}{153}s -- Three Speculum Mentis (1924): A Description of the five Forms of Experience -- IX. General Characteristics of Speculum Mentis -- X. Art and Religion as Elementary Forms of Experience -- XI. Science as the Third Form of Experience -- XII. History and Philosophy as the Culminating Forms of Experience -- Four R. G. Collingwoodโ{128}{153}s Isolation in Twentieth Century Thought -- XIII. R. G. Collingwoodโ{128}{153}s Place in the History of Ideas (1900โ{128}{147}1925) -- XIV. Conclusion: R. G. Collingwoodโ{128}{153}s Intellectual Loneliness after 1924 and its Roots in His Ruskinian Education -- Appendices


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