An Essay on Metaphysics

An Essay on Metaphysics : Revised edition with introduction and additional material

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An Essay on Metaphysics is one of the finest works of the great Oxford philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943). First published in 1940, it is a broad-ranging work in which Collingwood considers the nature of philosophy, especially of metaphysics. He puts forward his well-known doctrine of absolute presuppositions, expounds a logic of question and answer, and gives an original and influential account of causation. The book
has been widely read and much discussed ever since.
In this new edition the complete original text is accompanied by three previously unpublished essays by Collingwood which will be essential reading for any serious student of his thought: 'The Nature of Metaphysical Study' (1934), 'Function of Metaphysics in Civilization' (1938), and 'Notes for an Essay on Logic' (1939). These fascinating writings illuminate and amplify the ideas of the Essay, to which they are closely related. The distinguished philosopher and Collingwood scholar Rex Martin
has established authoritative versions of these new texts, added a short set of notes on the Essay, and contributed a substantial introduction explaining the story of the composition of all these works, discussing their major themes, and setting them in the context of Collingwood's philosophy as a
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Product details

  • Paperback | 548 pages
  • 177 x 216 x 30mm | 726g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 0199241414
  • 9780199241415
  • 1,365,532

Table of contents

Editor's Introduction ; Select Bibliography ; Author's Preface ; AN ESSAY ON METAPHYSICS (1940) ; Endnotes ; The Nature of Metaphysical Study (1934) ; The Function of Metaphysics in Civilization (1938) ; Notes for an Essay on Logic (1939) ; Index
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Review from previous edition:
skilfully-edited and handsomely-produced ... Nearly sixty years after its first publication An Essay on Metaphysics retains its philosophical value. * James Connelly, British Journal for the History of Philosophy *
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About R. G. Collingwood

R. G. Collingwood was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the University of Oxford from 1935 to 1941.
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