I am extremely grateful to three people for their help and support during this project and for their comments on various aspects of Collingwood’s thought: David Boucher, James Connelly and Rex Martin. I would like to thank David Boucher for letting me browse through the Collingwood archives at the Collingwood Centre in Cardiff and for providing so many opportunities to discuss my work and sharpen my understanding of the material. I would also like to thank Rex Martin for introducing me to the Collingwood Centre and for encouraging me in the early stages of this project. I owe a very special debt to James Connelly who has guided me through the labyrinth of Collingwood’s unpublished manuscripts at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and whose invaluable suggestions have helped to shape this book. Finally, the completion of this project was made possible by an Arts and Humanities Research award, which relieved me from teaching and administrative duties in the academic year 2000-2001, and for which I am very grateful.
Versions of the individual chapters of this book have been presented as papers at the conferences of the British Idealism group in Gregynog and Cardiff, at the Collingwood Centre in Swansea and in Cardiff and at the Collingwood conference in Oxford. Versions of the individual chapters have also been presented in published articles. Chapters 1 and 8 draw on ‘Collingwood’s Conception of Scissors-and-Paste History Revisited in the Light of his Conception of Metaphysics’, which was first published in International Studies in Philosophy, 32:4, 2000. Chapter 2 was published, in a slightly different form, as ‘How Kantian is Collingwood’s Metaphysics of Experience?’ in Collingwood Studies 6, 1999. Chapter 5 first appeared in Idealistic Studies 30:3, 2000 and a version of Chapter 6 appeared in Dialogue XLI, 2002, under the title ‘Collingwood, Metaphysics and Historicism’. Finally, Chapter 8 draws on ‘On Collingwood’s Conceptions of History’ that appeared in Collingwood and British Idealism Studies VII, 2000. Much of the material, however, is new, and so is the attempt to create a general framework for the discussion of individual issues.