The Philosophy of Enchantment: Studies in Folktale, Cultural Criticism, and Anthropology

Paperback | September 26, 2007

byR. G. CollingwoodEditorDavid Boucher, Wendy James

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This is the long-awaited publication of a set of writings by the British philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R. G. Collingwood on critical, anthropological, and cultural themes only hinted at in his previously available work. At the centre of the book are six chapters of a study offolktale and magic, composed by Collingwood in the mid-1930s and intended for development into a book. Here Collingwood applies the principles of his philosophy of history to problems in the long-term evolution of human society and culture. This is preceded, in Part I, by a range of contextualizingmaterial on such topics as the relations between music and poetry, the nature of language, the value of Jane Austen's novels, the philosophy of art, and the relations between aesthetic theory and artistic practice. Part III of the volume consists of two essays, one on the relationship between artand mechanized civilization, and the second, written in 1931, on the collapse of human values and civilization leading up to the catastrophe of armed conflict. These offer a devastating analysis of the consequences that attend the desertion of liberal principles, indeed of all politics as such, inthe ultimate self-annihilation of military conquest.The volume opens with three substantial introductory essays by the editors, authorities in the fields of critical and literary history, social and cultural anthropology, and the philosophy of history and the history of ideas; they provide their explanatory and contextual notes to guide the readerthrough the texts. The Philosophy of Enchantment brings hitherto unrecognized areas of Collingwood's achievement to light, and demonstrates the broad range of Collingwood's intellectual engagements, their integration, and their relevance to current areas of debate in the fields of philosophy,cultural studies, social and literary history, and anthropology.

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This is the long-awaited publication of a set of writings by the British philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R. G. Collingwood on critical, anthropological, and cultural themes only hinted at in his previously available work. At the centre of the book are six chapters of a study offolktale and magic, composed by Collingwood in th...

R.G. Collingwood was formerly Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy, University of Oxford. David Boucher is at the University of Cardiff. Wendy James is at the University of Oxford. Philip Smallwood is at the University of Central England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:500 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:September 26, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199228086

ISBN - 13:9780199228089

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INTRODUCTIONPhilip Smallwood: The Re-Enactment of Self: Perspectives from Literature, Criticism, and CultureWendy James: A Fieldworker's Philosopher: Perspectives from AnthropologyDavid Boucher: In Defence of Collingwood: Perspectives from Philosophy and the History of IdeasPart I: Art and Culture1. Words and Tune2. Observations on Language3. Jane Austen (1921)4. Jane Austen (?1934)5. The Philosophy of Art6. Aesthetic Theory and Artistic PracticePart II: Tales of Enchantment7. Fairy Tales8. Three Methods of Approach: Philological, Functional, Psychological9. The Historical Method10. Magic11. Excavating Cinderella and King Lear12. The Authorship of Fairy-TalesAddenda to the Folktale ManuscriptPart III: The Modern Unease13. Art and the Machine14. Man Goes Mad

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`Review from previous edition The appearance in print in a scholarly and scrupulously edited form of Collingwood's folktale manuscript is very much to be welcomed as something of an event in Collingwood studies. The editors have done a superb job in presenting the folktale manuscript in ahighly accessible form and in linking it with a number of other previously unpublished manuscripts and papers on broadly connected themes.'Peter Johnson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews