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Title
History man : the first biography on R.G. Collingwood
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Abstract
Is 'History Man', Fred Inglis' biography on R. G. Collingwood a successful biography? Inglis' explicit ambition is to portray the concrete figure Collingwood by abducting him from what he calls the vacuum-packed academic world of scholars. But the best biographers look for a balanced equilibrium between rendering philosophical ideas and dramatizing a philosopher's life. Put another way, they evoke the interweaving of a philosopher's thought with the vicissitudes of his life. Despite the unmistakable qualities of this biography, Fred Inglis did not fully succeed in finding that very balance, mainly due to a lack of philosophical background. While Oxford University Press with the new edition of his works and manuscripts is thoroughly reorienting the traditional view of Collingwood, Inglis' fluently written but rather biased portrayal does no full justice to the heart of his fascinating philosophy and personality.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of the philosophy of history. - Leiden, 2007, currens
Publication
Leiden : Brill, 2012
ISSN
1872-261X [print]
1872-2636 [online]
Volume/pages
6:1(2012), p. 134-142
ISI
000304717800008
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UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 03.07.2012
Last edited 08.06.2017
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