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This is the first biography of the last and greatest British idealist philosopher, R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943), a man who both thought and lived at full pitch. Best known today for his philosophies of history and art, Collingwood was also a historian, archaeologist, sailor, artist, and musician. A figure of enormous energy and ambition, he took as his subject nothing less than the whole of human endeavor, and he lived in the same way, seeking to experience the complete range of human passion. In this vivid and swiftly paced narrative, Fred Inglis tells the dramatic story of a remarkable life, from Collingwood's happy Lakeland childhood to his successes at Oxford, his archaeological digs as a renowned authority on Roman Britain, his solo sailing adventures in the English Channel, his long struggle with illness, and his sometimes turbulent romantic life.

In a manner unheard of today, Collingwood attempted to gather all aspects of human thought into a single theory of practical experience, and he wrote sweeping accounts of history, art, science, politics, metaphysics, and archaeology, as well as a highly regarded autobiography. Above all, he dedicated his life to arguing that history--not science--is the only source of moral and political wisdom and self-knowledge.

Linking the intellectual and personal sides of Collingwood's life, and providing a rich history of his milieu, History Man also assesses Collingwood's influence on generations of scholars after his death and the renewed recognition of his importance and interest today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1: By Coniston Water
  2. pp. 1-33
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  1. 2: Brought Up by Hand: The Moral Point of English Public Schools
  2. pp. 34-62
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  1. 3: Oxford and the Admiralty: The Science of Human Affairs; God and the Devil
  2. pp. 63-100
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  1. 4: Against the Realists: Liberalism and the Italians
  2. pp. 101-138
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  1. 5: On Hadrian’s Wall: “Question-and-Answer Logic” [Image plates follow page 166]
  2. pp. 139-179
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  1. 6: The Idea of the Ideas: The New Science
  2. pp. 180-209
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  1. 7: “Fighting in the Daylight”: Metaphysics against Fascism
  2. pp. 210-246
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  1. 8: The Valley of the Shadows: Java, Oxford, Greece
  2. pp. 247-287
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  1. 9: The Passionate Man’s Pilgrimage: On Barbarism and Civilisation
  2. pp. 288-313
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  1. 10: The Time of the Preacher: Collingwood’s Resurrection
  2. pp. 314-348
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 349-350
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 351-376
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400830510
Related ISBN
9780691150055
MARC Record
OCLC
730151775
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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