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Collingwood, Historicism and Scientism


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The philosophy of history is undergoing something of a revival. Much has happened since its heyday in the 1960s when methodological discussions concerning the structure of explanation in history and the natural sciences were central to the philosophical agenda. This introduction revisits Collingwood’s contribution to the philosophy of history, his views on the relation between science and history, and the possibility of historical knowledge suggesting his work is of enduring relevance to contemporary debates. It locates his contribution in the context of the hermeneutic tradition and locates his defence of the methodological autonomy of history in the context of recent debates concerning the relation between science and the history of the philosophy of science.


D'Oro. (2017). Collingwood, Historicism and Scientism. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 275-288.

Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2017
Publication Date Nov 7, 2017
Journal Journal of the Philosophy of History
Print ISSN 1872-261X
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Pages 275-288
Keywords historical relativism, explanatory pluralism, scientism, pragmatics of explanation
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