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The Development of Collingwood’s Metaphilosophical Views

Connelly, James


James Connelly


Karim Dharamsi

Giuseppina D'Oro

Stephen Leach


Connelly discusses the development of Collingwood’s conception of philosophical methodology and how his early reflections on the role and character of philosophical analysis gradually gave rise to his mature metaphilosophical views. He shows that concerns with second-order questions concerning the nature of philosophy were present from the very beginning and that Collingwood’s later metaphilosophical view gradually evolve from, rather than break away with, his earlier metaphilosophical reflections. The chapter provides a much-needed guide to understanding how Collingwood developed his mature metaphilosophical views concerning the nature of philosophy through his engagement with Oxford realism and logical positivism.


Connelly, J. (2018). The Development of Collingwood’s Metaphilosophical Views. In K. Dharamsi, G. D'Oro, & S. Leach (Eds.), Collingwood on Philosophical Methodology (35-75). Cham: Springer.

Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 18, 2019
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Nov 24, 2020
Publisher Springer
Pages 35-75
Series Title Philosophers in Depth
Book Title Collingwood on Philosophical Methodology
ISBN 9783030024314 9783030405045
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Additional Information First Online: 18 January 2019