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Robin George Collingwood on History - Dictionary of Arguments

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History/Collingwood/Gadamer: Collingwood Thesis: In truth, one can only understand a text if one has understood the question to which it is an answer. For Collingwood, this is where the nerve of all historical knowledge lies. The historical method requires that the logic of question and answer is applied to historical tradition.
One will only understand historical events if one reconstructs the question to which the historical action of the person was the answer in each case.
Collingwood gives the example of the Battle of Trafalgar and the Nelsonian plan on which it was based. The example wants to show that the course of the battle makes Nelson's real plan understandable precisely because it has been successfully carried out. The plan of his opponent, on the other hand, cannot be reconstructed from the events for the opposite reason, namely because he failed. The understanding of the course of the battle and the understanding of the plan that Nelson executed are one and the same process.(1) >Plan/Collingwood. GadamerVsCollingwood: >Plan/Gadamer.


1. Collingwood, Denken, p. 70.


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Coll I
R. G. Collingwood
Essays In Political Philosophy Oxford 1995

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977


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