© 2012

History as a Science

The Philosophy of R.G. Collingwood


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Jan van der Dussen
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jan van der Dussen
    Pages 55-119
  4. Jan van der Dussen
    Pages 121-187
  5. Jan van der Dussen
    Pages 189-239
  6. Jan van der Dussen
    Pages 241-262
  7. Jan van der Dussen
    Pages 263-288
  8. Jan van der Dussen
    Pages 289-330
  9. Jan van der Dussen
    Pages 331-339
  10. Jan van der Dussen
    Pages 341-352
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 353-403

About this book


Since its appearance in 1981 History as a Science has been welcomed as a coherent and comprehensive review and analysis of the many aspects of Collingwood’s philosophy of history, the development of his views, and their reception. The book was the first to pay extensive attention to Collingwood’s unpublished manuscripts, and to his work as an archaeologist and historian. With the publication of this volume Jan van der Dussen opened up a new angle in Collingwood studies. The republication of this volume meets an increasing demand to make the book available for future Collingwood scholars, and people interested in Collingwood’s philosophy. Apart from verbal changes to improve readability and a new pagination, the manuscript is the same as the original.

Some appraisals of the original edition

‘I cannot doubt that this book belongs in the library of every scholar who is interested in the philosophy of Collingwood’ (Leon J. Goldstein, State University of New York at Binghamton)

‘Van der Dussen has cleared the way for a new stage of Collingwoodian studies and has indicated directions in which such studies can now most fruitfully proceed’ (William H. Dray, University of Ottawa)

‘Future students of Collingwood will have to take into account not only the manuscript collection but also this book’ (D.W. Bebbington, University of Stirling)

‘This is an important and exciting book’ (W. von Leyden)

‘Van der Dussen’s book opens a new era in Collingwood studies’ (E.O. Golob, Wesleyan University)

‘As expositor of his [Collingwood’s] thinking, van der Dussen has been solidly successful; archaeologists, often no less than philosophers, should welcome this big and lucid book’ (Christopher Hawkes)


Collingwood Philosophy of history Religion and philosophy collingwood an autobiography collingwood an essay on metaphysics collingwood an essay on philosophical method collingwood essays in political philosophy collingwood philosophy of the humanities relevance of history robin george collingwood speculum mentis collingwood the idea of history collingwood the idea of nature collingwood the new leviathan collingwood the philosophy of enchantment collingwood the principles of art collingwood the principles of history collingwood theory of history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.HeerlenNetherlands

About the authors

Jan van der Dussen did a master’s in both history and philosophy (1966, 1970) at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands), and a PhD in philosophy at the same university in 1980. In 1969-1970 he studied at York University (Toronto) on a scholarship of the Canada Council. In 1983 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago on a Fulbright grant. In 1984 he received the Prins Bernhard Fonds Prijs (‘Prize of the Prince Bernhard Foundation’) by the Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (‘Holland Society of Science’) for his scholarly work. In 1985-1986 he was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies at Wassenaar, and has held professorships at the University of Nijmegen, and the Open University of the Netherlands at Heerlen.

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