D'Oro, G (2013) Understanding others: cultural anthropology with Collingwood and Quine. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 7. 326 - 345 (20).

Full text not available from this repository.


On one meaning of the term “historicism” to be a historicist is to be committed to the claim that the human sciences have a methodology of their own that is distinct in kind and not only in degree from that of the natural sciences. In this sense of the term Collingwood certainly was a historicist, for he defended the view that history is an autonomous discipline with a distinctive method and subject matter against the claim for methodological unity in the sciences. On another interpretation historicism is a relativist way of thinking which denies the possibility of universal and fundamental interpretations of historical or cultural phenomena. In the following I argue that at least in this second sense of “historicism” Collingwood was everything but a historicist. Quine, on the contrary, was nothing but a historicist. The goal of the comparison, however, is not to establish just who, on this definition, was or was not a historicist, but to draw a few conclusions about what a commitment to or rejection of historicism in this sense, tells us about the nature of understanding.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2023 14:44
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2023 14:44
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/12226

Actions (login required)

View Item
View Item