• Keele University
    School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations & Environment
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University of Essex
School of Philosophy and Art History
PhD, 1995
PhilPapers Editorships
Explanation of Action
  •  9
    Between ontological hubris and epistemic humility: Collingwood, Kant and the role of transcendental arguments
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 27 (2): 336-357. 2018.
    ABSTRACTThis paper explores and defends a form of transcendental argument that is neither bold in its attempt to answer the sceptic, as ambitious transcendental strategies, nor epistemically humble, as modest transcendental strategies. While ambitious transcendental strategies seek to meet the sceptical challenge, and modest transcendental strategies accept the validity of the challenge but retreat to a position of epistemic humility, this form of transcendental argument denies the assumption th…Read more
  •  23
    The touch of King Midas: Collingwood on why actions are not events
    Philosophical Explorations 21 (1): 160-169. 2018.
    It is the ambition of natural science to provide complete explanations of reality. Collingwood argues that science can only explain events, not actions. The latter is the distinctive subject matter of history and can be described as actions only if they are explained historically. This paper explains Collingwood’s claim that the distinctive subject matter of history is actions and why the attempt to capture this subject matter through the method of science inevitably ends in failure because scie…Read more
  •  7
    Defending Humanistic Reasoning
    Philosophy Now 123 31-33. 2017.
  • Collingwood and the Metaphysics of Experience
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 66 (2): 365-368. 2004.
  • Hermeneutics and Truth (review)
    Radical Philosophy 76. 1996.
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    This paper seeks to explain why mainstream analytic philosophy lost interest in the philosophy of history. It suggests that the reasons why the philosophy of history no longer commands the attention of mainstream analytical philosophy may be explained by the success of an ontological backlash against the linguistic turn and a view of philosophy as a form of conceptual analysis. In brief I argue that in the 1950s and 1960s the philosophy of history attracted the interest of mainstream analytical …Read more
  •  1
    On Collingwood's Conceptions of History'
    Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 7 45-69. 2000.
  •  7
    Cet article explore une solution de rechange au physicalisme qui n’est ni le défi métaphysique de Jackson et de Kripke, ni le défi épistémologique de Nagel, Levine et McGinn. D’après cette autre thèse, le fossé entre l’esprit et le corps n’est ni ontologique ni épistémologique, mais sémantique. Je soutiens que c’est parce que le fossé est sémantique que le problème corps-esprit est par essence un problème philosophique qui ne disparaîtra vraisemblablement pas avec le progrès de nos connaissances…Read more
  •  32
    Collingwood on philosophical knowledge and the enduring nature of philosophical problems
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12 (1). 2004.
    No abstract
  • History and Idealism: Collingwood and Oakeshott
    In Jeff Malpass & Jeff Malpas (eds.), The Routledge Companion to hermenutics, Routledge. pp. 191-204. 2015.
  •  47
    Collingwood, psychologism and internalism
    European Journal of Philosophy 12 (2). 2004.
    The paper defends Collingwood's account of rational explanation against two objections. The first is that he psychologizes the concept of practical reason. The second is that he fails to distinguish mere rationalizations from rationalizations that have causal power. I argue that Collingwood endorses a form of nonpsychologizing internalism which rests on the view that the appropriate explanans for actions are neither empirical facts (as externalists claim), nor psychological facts (as some intern…Read more
  •  16
    To mark the 50th anniversary of Donald Davidson's 'Actions, reasons and causes', eight philosophers with distinctive and contrasting views revisit and update the reasons/causes debate.Their essays are preceded by a historical introduction which traces current debates to their roots in the philosophy of history and social science, linking the rise of causalism to a metaphysical backlash against the linguistic turn. Both historically grounded and topical, this volume will be of great interest to b…Read more
  • D Berthold-bond's Hegel's Grand Synthesis: A Study Of Being, Thought, And History (review)
    Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 30 49-52. 1994.
  •  49
    Giuseppina D'Oro explores Collingwood's work in epistemology and metaphysics, uncovering his importance beyond his better known work in philosophy of history and aesthetics. This major contribution to our understanding of one of the most important figures in history of philosophy will be essential reading for scholars of Collingwood and all students of metaphysics and the history of philosophy.
  •  48
    The Myth of Collingwood's Historicism
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 53 (6): 627-641. 2010.
    This paper seeks to clarify the precise sense in which Collingwood's “metaphysics without ontology” is a descriptive metaphysics. It locates Collingwood's metaphysics against the background of Strawson's distinction between descriptive and revisionary metaphysics and then defends it against the claim that Collingwood reduced metaphysics to a form of cultural anthropology. Collingwood's metaphysics is descriptive not because it is some sort of historicised psychology that describes temporally par…Read more
  •  20
    On Collingwood's Rehabilitation of the Ontological Argument
    Idealistic Studies 30 (3): 173-188. 2000.
    The paper is divided in two parts. In the first I consider the nature of Ryle's attack on Collingwood's appropriation of the ontological argument and Collingwood's defence in the unpublished correspondence. In the second, I go beyond the confines of the Ryle-Collingwood exchange in the mid 'thirties to say something much more general about the nature of Collingwood's metaphysics as well as to advance an explanation of the compatibility of Collingwood's combined defence of descriptive metaphysics…Read more