R. G. Collingwood
R. G. Collingwood (Robin George Collingwood) was an English philosopher, historian, and archaeologist. He is best known for his work in philosophy of history, aesthetics, and the theory of history. Born on February 22, 1889, and passing away on January 9, 1943, Collingwood was an influential figure in British philosophy, particularly through his idea of history as a process of re-enacting the past thought of historical figures. His most notable works include 'The Idea of History' (1946) and 'The Principles of Art' (1938).
This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.
"The Idea of History" is a philosophical examination of the concept of history, exploring its nature, the different methods of historical study, and its importance and role in society. The author asserts that history is not just a chronicling of past events, but a complex interaction between the historian and the facts, where the historian is not merely a passive recorder of facts, but an active participant in shaping the interpretation of those facts. The book also delves into the philosophy of history, discussing the idea of historical truth, the problem of historical causation, and the nature of historical evidence.