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Collingwood on Philosophical Methodology

  • Karim Dharamsi
  • Giuseppina D'Oro
  • Stephen Leach

Part of the Philosophers in Depth book series (PID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Karim Dharamsi, Giuseppina D’Oro, Stephen Leach
    Pages 1-14
  3. Bernard Williams
    Pages 15-34
  4. Chinatsu Kobayashi, Mathieu Marion
    Pages 229-248
  5. Stephen Leach
    Pages 249-264
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-270

About this book


This book investigates the contribution of R.G. Collingwood to the field of philosophical methodology through a discussion of Collingwood’s conception of the role and character of philosophical analysis. It explores questions, such as, is there anything distinctive about the activity of philosophizing? If so, what distinguishes philosophy from other forms of inquiry? What is the relation between philosophy and science and between philosophy and history? 

For much of the twentieth century, philosophers philosophized with little self-awareness; Collingwood was exceptional in the attention he paid to the activity of philosophizing.  This book will be of interest both to those who are interested in Collingwood’s philosophy and, more generally, to all who are interested in the question ‘what is philosophy?’


Methodology Philosophical analysis Metaphilosophy Metaphysics Idealism

Editors and affiliations

  • Karim Dharamsi
    • 1
  • Giuseppina D'Oro
    • 2
  • Stephen Leach
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of General EducationMount Royal UniversityCalgary, ABCanada
  2. 2.School of Politics, IR and PhilosophyKeele UniversityUK
  3. 3.School of Politics, IR and PhilosophyKeele UniversityUK

About the editors

Karim Dharamsi is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of General Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. He has published articles in the philosophy of history, on the philosophy of R.G. Collingwood, Wittgenstein, Frege, the philosophy of education and liberal education.

Giuseppina D'Oro is Reader in Philosophy at Keele University, UK. She is the author of Collingwood and the Metaphysics of Experience (2002). She co-edited, with James Connelly, Collingwood's An Essay on Philosophical Method (2005), with Constantine Sandis, Reasons and Causes: the Causalism/Anti-Causalism Debate in the Philosophy of Action (2013) and with Søren Overgaard, The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology (2017).

Stephen Leach is Honorary Senior Fellow at Keele University, UK. He is the author of The Foundations of History: Collingwood’s Analysis of Historical Explanation (2009) and with James Connelly and Peter Johnson, R.G. Collingwood: A Research Companion (2015). With James Tartaglia, he has edited Consciousness and the Great Philosophers (2017) and The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers (2018). 

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