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 suggestion and lived at complete pitch. top recognized at the present time for his philosophies of historical past and artwork, Collingwood was once additionally a historian, archaeologist, sailor, artist, and musician. A determine of huge power and ambition, he took as his topic not anything below the full of human recreation, and he lived within the similar method, trying to event the full variety of human ardour. during this vibrant and speedily paced narrative, Fred Inglis tells the dramatic tale of a extraordinary existence, from Collingwood's chuffed Lakeland early life to his successes at Oxford, his archaeological digs as a well known 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 fashion unparalleled at the present time, Collingwood tried to assemble all elements of human inspiration right into a unmarried conception of useful event, and he wrote sweeping money owed of historical past, paintings, technology, politics, metaphysics, and archaeology, in addition to a very hot autobiography. mainly, he committed his existence to arguing that history--not science--is the one resource of ethical and political knowledge and self-knowledge.
Linking the highbrow and private aspects of Collingwood's lifestyles, and delivering a wealthy heritage of his milieu, History Man additionally assesses Collingwood's impact on generations of students after his demise and the renewed reputation of his significance and curiosity today.