By Gary Browning
Rethinking R.G. Collingwood experiences Collingwood's proposal through his personal rethinking of Hegel. It establishes the revisionary personality of Collingwood's defence of liberal civilization in concept and perform. Collingwood is visible as heading off the pitfalls of Hegel's teleological historicism by means of constructing an open and contestable analyzing of the rationality of liberal civilization, which neither reduces perform to conception nor philosophy to heritage. The modern relevance of Collingwood's perspective is confirmed by means of evaluating it with these of contemporary defenders and critics of liberalism Rawls, Lyotard and MacIntyre.
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Extra resources for Rethinking R. G. Collingwood: Philosophy, Politics and the Unity of Theory and Practice
Martin in his 46 Rethinking R. G. 59 Metaphysics, for Collingwood, employs logical reasoning in identifying absolute presuppositions and it also explores their consupponibility, that is, their mutual compatibility that allows them to operate together. Collingwood in ‘Function of Metaphysics in Civilization’ emphasizes that the metaphysician does not merely catalogue metaphysical presuppositions, but presents them in systematic fashion, exhibiting their logical compatibilities. ’60 In his ‘Notes for an Essay on Logic’ (1940), Collingwood observes the logical relations between suppositions.
But despair is redeemed in the course of the philosophical journey of The Phenomenology of Mind, in which a bewildering variety of forms of consciousness are reviewed. The rethinking of conscious experience that is conducted by philosophy leads to reﬂexive awareness of the truth, which is secured by the philosophical understanding of consciousness. 39 In Speculum Mentis similarly, the rethinking that is undertaken by philosophy transﬁgures the phenomenological journey of consciousness. Collingwood sees his task to be the rethinking of forms of consciousness that makes claims to truth, namely art, science, history, religion and philosophy.
Collingwood castigates the false and abstract opposition of history and philosophy, that he takes to be a product of a nondialectical understanding of reality. ’32 For Collingwood, the world develops historically just as thinking about its concepts develops, and so philosophy, the rethinking of categories of reality, has an historical dimension. Philosophy; Rethinking Thought 37 Collingwood’s early philosophical writings, then, show a strong commitment to the rethinking of logic so as to allow for the dynamic systematically differentiated character of thought.