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 idea and lived at complete pitch. top identified this present day for his philosophies of background and paintings, Collingwood was once additionally a historian, archaeologist, sailor, artist, and musician. A determine of large strength and ambition, he took as his topic not anything under the complete of human activity, and he lived within the comparable means, trying to event the entire diversity of human ardour. during this vibrant and rapidly paced narrative, Fred Inglis tells the dramatic tale of a striking lifestyles, from Collingwood's chuffed Lakeland adolescence 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 sickness, and his occasionally turbulent romantic life.
In a fashion extraordinary at the present time, Collingwood tried to collect all facets of human idea right into a unmarried concept of sensible adventure, and he wrote sweeping bills of historical past, paintings, technology, politics, metaphysics, and archaeology, in addition to a very popular autobiography. chiefly, 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 historical past of his milieu, History Man additionally assesses Collingwood's impression on generations of students after his loss of life and the renewed acceptance of his value and curiosity today.