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Introduction: The Armchair and the Pickaxe

  • Karim DharamsiEmail author
  • Giuseppina D’Oro
  • Stephen Leach
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Part of the Philosophers in Depth book series (PID)

Abstract

Is philosophy continuous with science or does it have a distinctive domain of inquiry that differs from that of the special sciences? Collingwood claimed that philosophy has a distinctive subject matter and a distinctive method. Its distinctive subject matter is what he called the “absolute presuppositions” that govern the special sciences and its method consists in making these presuppositions explicit by showing that they are entailed by the questions asked in the special sciences. In this chapter the editors seek to provide a guide to the diverging interpretations of Collingwood’s claim that metaphysics is not the study of pure being but of the presuppositions that govern knowledge of reality. They argue that a reassessment of his contribution to philosophical methodology is timely in the light of the recent revival of interest in second-order questions concerning the role and character of philosophical analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karim Dharamsi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giuseppina D’Oro
    • 2
  • Stephen Leach
    • 2
  1. 1.Mount Royal UniversityCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.School of Politics, IR and PhilosophyKeele UniversityStaffordshireUK

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