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Collingwood and Archaeological Theory

  • Stephen LeachEmail author
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Part of the Philosophers in Depth book series (PID)

Abstract

Leach asks, what would Collingwood have thought of archaeological theory, a sub-discipline of archaeology that has developed since the 1960s? He argues that Collingwood would have welcomed it for it has developed out of respect for the principle that in any investigation, in examining the evidence, one must always have some question in mind. Nonetheless, although Collingwood would have welcomed recent developments in archaeological theory, and would have urged metaphysicians to take notice of such developments, he is not himself an archaeological theorist: he is, primarily, a metaphysician.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Politics, IR and PhilosophyKeele UniversityStaffordshireUK

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