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An Essay on Metaphysics
One of the great Oxford philosopher's finest works, Essay on Metaphysics considers the nature of philosophy, and puts forward Collingwood's original and influential theories of causation, presuppositions, and the logic of question and answer. This new edition includes three fascinating unpublished pieces that illuminate and amplify the Essay.
Paperback, 552 pages
Published May 24th 2001 by OUP Oxford
(first published November 12th 1998)
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Collingwood's book on the nature of metaphysics is one of the best books I've read on the subject. The book's status as a rather neglected and obscure work makes little sense to me for reasons that will become obvious towards the end of this review. Let me first explain the main argument here. Collingwood's central aim is an articulation of a very radical thesis about the nature of metaphysics, suggesting that metaphysics is simply the study of the absolute presuppositions of inquiry. As such, m ...more
Robin George Collingwood was an English philosopher and historian. Collingwood was a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, for some 15 years until becoming the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford.