By William H. Dray

ISBN-10: 0198238819

ISBN-13: 9780198238812

This e-book explains and defends a significant rules within the idea of heritage recommend by way of R. G. Collingwood, maybe the major thinker of heritage within the twentieth century. Professor Dray analyses seriously the belief of re-enactment, explores the boundaries of its applicability, and determines its dating to different key Collingwoodian principles, equivalent to the function of mind's eye in historic pondering, and the indispensability of some extent of view.

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37 Here the interpretation of Collingwood's view of re-enactment makes contact with contemporary analyses of action explanation as the aScription of implicit practical arguments (to be discussed further in Ch. 3, § 3). Re-enactment and Understanding Re-enactment and Understanding to test it, to see whether it can really be thought. 38 The insistence that re-enactment must be critical thus points to a quasi-normative dimension in historical understanding. 39 To understand an action in a properly historical way is in some degree to see it as having been appropriate to the circumstances as the agent saw them.

There is more than a hint of this in the approval he expresses of Croce's 'mature' doctrine that the distinctive feature of historical, by contrast with scientific, thought, is concern with the individual. e. re-enactively, if not outwardly, makes perfectly good sense. 46 But if, as was argued above, the idea of understanding an action re-enactively implies, among other things, discovering a universal significance in its expressed idea, any claim that it can be understood 'in itself is surely ruled out.

In Chapter 1, I drew attention to two different 60 § 7. History as Knowledge of the Individual In the chapter to follow, I shall endeavour to explicate Collingwood's idea of historical understanding further by contrasting his view of it as re-enactment in a little more detail with his conception of explanation in the natural sciences. I shall also contrast the interpretation of re-enactment itself which I have outlined here with two somewhat different interpretations which have enjoyed some support.

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