By Fred Inglis
This is the 1st biography of the final and maximum British idealist thinker, R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943), a guy who either inspiration and lived at complete pitch. most sensible identified this present day for his philosophies of heritage and artwork, Collingwood was once additionally a historian, archaeologist, sailor, artist, and musician. A determine of huge strength and ambition, he took as his topic not anything lower than the complete of human exercise, and he lived within the comparable manner, trying to event the entire diversity of human ardour. during this vibrant and quickly paced narrative, Fred Inglis tells the dramatic tale of a awesome lifestyles, from Collingwood's chuffed Lakeland youth to his successes at Oxford, his archaeological digs as a popular authority on Roman Britain, his solo crusing adventures within the English Channel, his lengthy fight with affliction, and his occasionally turbulent romantic life.
In a way unparalleled this present day, Collingwood tried to collect all points of human idea right into a unmarried idea of sensible event, and he wrote sweeping money owed of background, artwork, technology, politics, metaphysics, and archaeology, in addition to a very popular autobiography. in particular, he committed his lifestyles to arguing that history--not science--is the one resource of ethical and political knowledge and self-knowledge.
Linking the highbrow and private facets of Collingwood's existence, and offering a wealthy historical past of his milieu, History Man additionally assesses Collingwood's impact on generations of students after his loss of life and the renewed attractiveness of his value and curiosity today.