An essay on metaphysics by R. G. Collingwood

By R. G. Collingwood

One of many nice Oxford philosopher's best works, Essay on Metaphysics considers the character of philosophy, and places ahead Collingwood's unique and influential theories of causation, presuppositions, and the good judgment of query and resolution. This new version contains 3 attention-grabbing unpublished items that remove darkness from and magnify the Essay.

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Plicitly below (pp. ) that absolute presuppositions change. ' changes of fashion', and asks me to explain what, otherwise, I believe them to be. A 'change of fashion' is a superficial change, symptomatic perhaps of deeper and more important changes, but not itself deep or important. , suggest it to him. My friend's formula 'if we like to start new dodges, we may' describes very well the somewhat frivolous type of consciousness with which we adopt or originate these superficial changes. But an absolute presupposition is not a 'dodge', and people who 'start' a new one do not start it because they 'like' to start it.

Tted on the assumption that the reader is intelligent enough and enough accustomed to this kind of literature to put it in for himself. ' History has its own rubric, namely 'the evidence at our disposal obliges us to conclude that' such and such an event happened. , What I call scissors-and-paste history has the rubric 'we are told that' such and such an event happened. There is also a rubric for use in narrating legends, which in some kinds of legendary literature is here and there explicitly inserted: 'the story says that ...

Verbally, no doubt, it might be asked. There is no verbal impossibility in 26 ON PRESUPPOSING the way of asking a man whom you suppose to be an indulgent husband whether he has stopped beating his wife. But there is a logical impossibility; for that question arises from the presupposition that he has been in the habit of beating her. If he is not supposed to have been in that habit, the question whether he has stopped 'does not arise'. DEF. 2. -To say that a question 'does not arise' is the ordinary English way of saying that it involves a presupposition which is not in fact being made.

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