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Collingwood's New Leviathan and classical elite theory (2019)
Journal Article
Fear, C. (in press). Collingwood's New Leviathan and classical elite theory. History of European ideas, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/01916599.2019.1628582

R. G. Collingwood's New Leviathan (1942) presents an account of two ‘dialectical’ political processes that are ongoing in any body politic. Existing scholarship has already covered the first: a dialectic between a ‘social’ and a ‘non-social’ element,... Read More about Collingwood's New Leviathan and classical elite theory.

R. G. Collingwood's overlapping ideas of history (2019)
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Fear, C. (in press). R. G. Collingwood's overlapping ideas of history. Journal of the Philosophy of History,

Does R. G. Collingwood’s meta-philosophical theory that concepts in philosophy are organized as “scales of forms” apply to his own work on the nature of history? Or is there some inconsistency between Collingwood’s work as a philosopher of history an... Read More about R. G. Collingwood's overlapping ideas of history.

“Was he right?” R. G. Collingwood’s rapprochement between philosophy and history (2017)
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Fear, C. (2017). “Was he right?” R. G. Collingwood’s rapprochement between philosophy and history. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 11(3), 408-424. https://doi.org/10.1163/18722636-12341382

R. G. Collingwood’s declaration that belief in “eternal questions” in philosophy is “merely a vulgar error, consequent on a kind of historical myopia which, deceived by superficial resemblances, failed to detect profound differences” has been vigorou... Read More about “Was he right?” R. G. Collingwood’s rapprochement between philosophy and history.

William E. Connolly's politics of complexity: a critique (2017)
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Fear, C. (2017). William E. Connolly's politics of complexity: a critique. Review of Politics, 79(1), 73-98. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0034670516000735

In recent years, William E. Connolly has argued that the phenomenon of complexity in the physical sciences carries radical implications for political theory: namely, that political theorists should now be revising their concepts of agency, responsibi... Read More about William E. Connolly's politics of complexity: a critique.

The question-and-answer logic of historical context (2013)
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Fear, C. (2013). The question-and-answer logic of historical context. History of the Human Sciences, 26(3), 68-81. https://doi.org/10.1177/0952695113491757

Quentin Skinner has enduringly insisted that a past text cannot be ‘understood’ without the reader knowing something about its historical and linguistic context. But since the 1970s he has been attacked on this central point of all his work by author... Read More about The question-and-answer logic of historical context.