Jan van der Dussen's scientific contributions

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One of the best known aspects of Collingwood’s thought is his ardent defense of the autonomy of history. Strangely enough, though, his views on the methodological aspects of history have not received the attention one would expect – and, one should add, they deserve. The reason for this must be found in the fact that attention has mainly been focus...
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An Essay on Philosophical Method was written by Collingwood from November 1932 to June 1933.1 Both Knox and Collingwood himself consider this book his best. According to Knox it is the ‘only one book of Collingwood’s which could be called great’, and in a review of it he had even called it ‘a philosophical classic’ (IH, 1st ed., xx), while Collingw...
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In our final exposition of Collingwood’s philosophy of history we will use his scheme for The Principles of History as framework. Collingwood’s scheme was not very detailed and it therefore can only be used as a general guideline in our discussion of his philosophy of history.
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History being present knowledge of the past the nature of the relation between past and present is crucial. Collingwood had definite ideas on this issue. It was, in his own words, the subject of his ‘first principle of a philosophy of history’, developed by about 1920. The principle was, as Collingwood says in An Autobiography, ‘that the past which...
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In his scheme for The Principles of History Collingwood mentions as the first topic for the second book (it was never written, however) the relation between history and natural science. The themes would be, first, that history and natural science may not be reduced to each other, and second, that there is a certain relation between them (PH, 245–6)...
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In An Autobiography Collingwood declares that ‘[i]n the kind of history … I have been practising all my life, historical problems arise out of practical problems’ (Aut, 114). He also says that ‘[i]n addition to the rapprochement between philosophy and history … I was also working at a rapprochement between theory and practice’ (Aut, 147), while he...
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Religion and Philosophy (1916) was Collingwood’s first book.1 He had already begun writing it in 1912, the year he both took a first class degree in literae humaniores and was elected to a philosophy fellowship at Pembroke College (in fact he was elected before taking his degree).2 In 1914 the book was finished.3 In this work, Collingwood develops...