R.G. Collingwood

Collingwood, Robin George

Robin George Collingwood, 1889–1943, English philosopher and historian. From 1908 he was associated with Oxford as student, fellow, lecturer in history, and professor of philosophy. Collingwood believed that philosophy should be rooted in history rather than in formal science, and he attempted to correlate creative endeavor with historical experience rather than to sensation. He was also significant as a historian. In Roman Britain (1936) and in some 150 monographs he brilliantly reconstructed that ancient era from his study of coins and inscriptions. For his philosophical thought, see Speculum Mentis (1924), An Essay on Philosophic Method (1933), Principles of Art (1938), and The Idea of History (1946).

See studies by A. Donagan (1962, repr. 1986), M. Kraus, ed. (1972), and L. O. Mink (1987).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

R.G. Collingwood: Selected full-text books and articles

History Man: The Life of R. G. Collingwood By Fred Inglis Princeton University Press, 2009
R. G. Collingwood By E. W. F. Tomlin Longmans, Green, 1953
An Autobiography By R. G. Collingwood Oxford University Press, 1939
The Idea of History By R. G. Collingwood; J. Van Der Dussen Oxford University Press, 1994 (Revised edition)
An Essay on Philosophical Method By R. G. Collingwood Clarendon Press, 1933
The Idea of Nature By R. G. Collingwood Clarendon Press, 1945
Essays in Political Philosophy By R. G. Collingwood; David Boucher Clarendon Press, 1995
Roman Britain and the English Settlements By R. G. Collingwood; J. N. L. Myres Biblo and Tannen, 1990
The Autonomy of Literature By Richard Lansdown Macmillan, 2001
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