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The composition of R. G. Collingwood's The New Leviathan

Connelly, James; Johnson, Peter


James Connelly

Peter Johnson


Collingwood's The New Leviathan is a difficult text. It comprises philosophy, political theory, political opinion and history in what is sometimes an uneasy amalgam. Despite its being the culmination of thirty years of work in ethics and political theory, the final text was clearly affected by the adverse circumstances under which it was written, these largely being Collingwood's illness which increasingly affected his ability to work as the writing of The New Leviathan progressed. This paper seeks to disentangle the composition of the book thereby shedding light on its distinctive character as the last substantial piece of philosophical work published in Collingwood's lifetime.


Connelly, J., & Johnson, P. (2019). The composition of R. G. Collingwood's The New Leviathan. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 27(1), 114-133.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 26, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 2, 2018
Publication Date Jan 2, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 10, 2021
Journal British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Print ISSN 0960-8788
Electronic ISSN 1469-3526
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Pages 114-133
Keywords Collingwood; New Leviathan; Political theory; Ethics; History
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