An Essay on Philosophical Method
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Essay on Philosophical Method by R. G. Collingwood
Book DescriptionAn Essay on Philosophical Method contains the most sustained discussion in the twentieth century of the subject matter and method of philosophy and an unparalleled explanation of why philosophy has a distinctive domain of enquiry that differs from that of the sciences of nature. This new edition of the Essay focuses on Collingwood's contribution to metaphilosophy and locates his argument for the autonomy of philosophy against the twentieth century trend to naturalize its subject matter. Collingwood argues that the distinctions which philosophers make, for example, between the concepts of duty and utility in moral philosophy, or between the concepts of mind and body in the philosophy of mind, are not empirical taxonomies that cut nature at the joints but semantic distinctions to which there may correspond no empirical classes. This identification of philosophical distinctions with semantic distinctions provides the basis for an argument against the naturalization of the subject matter of philosophy for it entails that not all concepts are empirical concepts and not all classifications are empirical classifications. Collingwood's explanation of why philosophy has a distinctive subject matter thus constitutes a clear challenge to the project of radical empiricism. Whilst not losing sight of its historical context, the introduction to this new edition seeks to locate Collingwood's account of philosophical method against the background of contemporary concerns about the fate of philosophy in the age of science. This volume also contains a substantial amount of previously unpublished material: 'The Metaphysics of F. H. Bradley', 'Method and Metaphysics', and Collingwood's fascinating correspondence with Gilbert Ryle. The latter will prove to be a mine of information for anyone interested in the origins of analytic philosophy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199544936
(216mm x 138mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author R. G. Collingwood
Essay on Philosophical Method, Hardback (May 2005)
Supplements the original text with important related writings from RG Collingwood's manuscripts. This edition of Collingwood's work of 1933 is useful to historians of twentieth-century philosophy.
Essay on Metaphysics, Paperback (March 2002)
First published in 1940, this is a broad-ranging work in which Collingwood considers the nature of philosophy, especially of metaphysics. He puts forward his well-known doctrine of absolute pre-suppositions, expounds a logic of question and answer, and gives an account of causation.
Principles of History, Paperback (February 2001)» View all books by R. G. Collingwood
This work on the philosophy of history, by the Oxford philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943) also includes two conclusions written by Collingwood for lectures which were eventually revised and published as "The Idea of Nature".
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Author Biography - R. G. Collingwood
Giuseppina D'Oro is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Keele University
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