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The Idea of Nature

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The Idea of Nature propounds Collingwood's theory of philosophical method applied to the problem of the philosophy of nature. The book is divided into four major sections: Introduction, Greek Cosmology, the Renaissance View of Nature, and the Modern View of Nature. Perhaps more than any of his other books, this one illustrates the breadth of Collingwood's learning and the ...more
Paperback, 177 pages
Published December 31st 1960 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Naeem
Jul 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Naeem by: rona wilensky
Collingwood believes that philosophy should be well written. Of all the philosophers I have read, he writes the most clearly.

Idea of Nature is the second in a trilogy: Essay on Philosophical Method is the most succinct thing I have ever read on dialectics -- although Collingwood never uses that word. (A good companion would be the first 75 or so pages of W.T. Stace's The Philosophy of Hegel. The last of the three is the posthumously published (edited by Knox?) The Idea of History.

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Jean Paul Govè
Jun 10, 2012 marked it as to-read
By the first chapter already Collingwood makes some claims that I find dubious, for example that the modern cosmological view has no problem with change and does not, like the Greek and Renaissance cosmology, attempt to discover changeless principles behind the change, and just like Greek and Renaissance cosmology had analogies in man and machine respectively, the Modern cosmology has an analogy with human history, in which historians have not tried to discover rules and laws governing but simpl ...more
Steve Dewey
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Gah. I found this a tough read. Too gnomic. Too assertive. Assumed I'd know too much. Quite happy to drop into Greek without translation. I also found it tendentious, seemingly preferring interpretations of natural philosophy that retrieved God. And, yes, it was written in the 1940s, but I felt it didn't understand the nature of modern science and philosophy of science.

Perhaps I'm being too harsh - the book appears to have been based on lectures he had given, and was published posthumously. Per
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"Hot Rod" Todd Beckett
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
So far he's provided a stimulating discussion of the Third Man argument. Collingwood sees the Third Man argument in constructive terms. That is, rather than being a criticism of the theory of forms, the third man argument illustrates a correct understanding of the theory of forms; namely, the forms are meant to be understood as both immanent (imitation) and transcendent(participation). For Collingwood transcendence and immanence are correlative, not exclusive terms.
John
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Nature, not the nature of the national parks but the nature of form and substance, mind and body, matter and energy, as seen by the Greeks, the Renaissance, and modern science and philosophy. Granted it is a brief survey and stops with the philosophy of Whitehead but has enough content to stimulate thought and further reading.
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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.
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