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The ‘dialectical’ theory of conservatism (2020)
Journal Article
Fear, C. (2020). The ‘dialectical’ theory of conservatism. Journal of political ideologies, 25(2), 197-211. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569317.2020.1750760

Recently, James Alexander has proposed a ‘dialectical definition’ of conservatism which, he believes, goes beyond ‘dispositional’ definitions, such as those proposed by Brennan and Hamlin, and by Martin Beckstein, which are ‘incomplete’.1 Alexander a... Read More about The ‘dialectical’ theory of conservatism.

R. G. Collingwood's overlapping ideas of history (2020)
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Fear, C. (in press). R. G. Collingwood's overlapping ideas of history. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1163/18722636-12341437

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.

Collingwood's New Leviathan and classical elite theory (2019)
Journal Article
Fear, C. (2019). Collingwood's New Leviathan and classical elite theory. History of European ideas, 45(7), 1029-1044. 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.

The question-and-answer logic of historical context (2013)
Journal Article
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.

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