An Essay on Philosophical Method

Paperback | July 1, 2008

byR. G. CollingwoodEditorJames Connelly, Giuseppina DOro

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An 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 newedition 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 theconcepts 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 philosophicaldistinctions 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 philosophyhas 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 This volume also contains a substantial amount ofpreviously unpublished material: 'The Metaphysics of F. H. Bradley', 'Method and Metaphysics', and Collingwood's fascinating correspondence with Gilbert Ryle.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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An 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 newedition of the Essay focuses on Collingwood's co...

James Connelly is Professor of Political Thought at Southampton Solent University Giuseppina is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Keele University

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.09 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Editors' IntroductionAN ESSAY ON PHILOSOPHICAL METHODThe Metaphysics of F. H. Bradley: An Essay on 'Appearance and Reality'Correspondence between R. G. Collingwood and Gilbert RyleMethod and MetaphysicsIndex

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`'...often considered to be Collingwood's best book both in terms of content and style...the publication of this new edition of Collingwood's iEssay/i is indisputably good news. The editors, James Connelly and Guiseppina D'Oro, have done a meticulous job in their selection of a number ofCollingwood's previously unpublished manuscripts for inclusion alongside the Essay itself... For historians of twentieth-century philosophy wanting to understand the origins of analytical philsophy more fully this new edition should prove invaluable.''Peter Johnson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews