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Preface ix Chapter 1: By Coniston Water 1 Chapter 2: Brought Up by Hand: The Moral Point of English Public Schools 34 Chapter 3: Oxford and the Admiralty: The Science of Human Affairs; God and the Devil 63 Chapter 4: Against the Realists: Liberalism and the Italians 101 Chapter 5: On Hadrian's Wall: "Question-and-Answer logic" 139 Illustrations, following page 166 Chapter 6: The Idea of the Ideas: The New Science 180 Chapter 7: "Fighting in the Daylight": Metaphysics against Fascism 210 Chapter 8: The Valley of the Shadows: Java, Oxford, Greece 247 Chapter 9: The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage: On Barbarism and Civilisation 288 Chapter 10: The Time of the Preacher: Collingwood's Resurrection 314 Abbreviations 349 Notes 351 Index 377

About the Author

Fred Inglis is the author of more than twenty books, including "People's Witness: The Journalist in Modern Politics" and "The Cruel Peace: Everyday Life and the Cold War" (Basic). He is professor emeritus of cultural studies at the University of Sheffield.


"Inglis gives us a clear line of development from the thought of Vico and Croce to the philosophy of the later years with its crowning achievement in recognizing the need to historicize ideas rather than treat them as algebraic constraints. The story is enriched with an often riveting account of Collingwood's psychological difficulties and of his final challenge to posterity in his affair with Kathleen Edwardes and decision to become a father again as death beckoned."--Michael Bentley, Times Literary Supplement "A warm-hearted, affectionate biography of an irascible but brilliant philosopher and historian... By placing Collingwood in his context, Fred Inglis does much to rectify the slightly paranoid portrait of [Collingwood's] autobiography. Even if Collingwood was not the jovial, beer-drinking common man that Inglis would have liked him to be, it is good to see him brought some way back to the human fold."--Simon Blackburn, New Republic "Vividly written biography... Inglis's great achievement in this book is to apply the question-and-answer method to Collingwood's biography, the 'interpreted life' being no more susceptible to instant appraisal than the interpreted text."--Jonathan Derbyshire, Literary Review "It is a strange fact that until the recent appearance of History Man: The Life of R. G. Collingwood, the world had no 'life' of the greatest philosopher of history writing in English, nor England's leading 20th-century philosopher of art, and no apparent attempt at one... Fred Inglis' biography is a courageous act of cultural and intellectual re-contextualisation that should be applauded... The prose moves with fluid ease, and the book is intensely readable, with much to reward non-philosophers and non-Collingwoodians interested in the educational, social and political history of the era."--Philip Smallwood, Times Higher Education "Collingwood's life is a full, fascinating and complicated story that needs to be told, and Fred Inglis tells it as an avowed partisan, an admirer who desires to breathe new life into our understanding of Collingwood... The picture is vivid, lively and colorful."--James Connelly, Philosophers' Magazine

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