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R. G. Collingwood on Philosophical and Literary Language
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Metaphysics.
2012 (English)In: Collingwood and British Idealism Studies. Incorporating Badley Studies, ISSN 1744-9413, Vol. 18, no 1, 31-64 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Focusing on the penultimate chapter of Collingwood’s An Essay on Philosophical Method, this paper offers a re-evaluation of several points in leading interpretations of his philosophy. It is argued that this chapter, ‘Philosophy as a Branch of Literature’, invites us to rethink the relation between a systematic or problem-oriented and an historical or exegetical philosophy; how linguistic analysis (particularly in the form of ordinary language philosophy) relates to the history of philosophy; and how the question of literature in philosophy is not merely a question about literature, but of philosophy.

            In contrast to influential interpreters such as e.g. Connelly and D’Oro, it is here argued that Collingwood (a) offers a profound criticism of the idea that philosophical problems are eternal, (b) invites us to deepen our understanding of ordinary language philosophy as well as (c) the idea of a therapeutic method in philosophy, and (d) problematizes the tendency to think that the question about the form philosophical writing takes is a secondary issue that can be side-stepped.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Imprint Academic, 2012. Vol. 18, no 1, 31-64 p.
Keyword [en]
Philosophy, Literature, Collingwood, Philosophy of Literature, Ordinary Language Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophical Method, Analytic Philosophy
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Theoretical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191310OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-191310DiVA: diva2:585312
The Novel and the Nature of Philosophical Argumentation: A Study of Iris Murdoch’s, Martha Nussbaum’s and Cora Diamond’s Philosophy of Literature; Research project funded by The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2013-01-11Bibliographically approved

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