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The Philosophy of Enchantment: Studies in Folktale, Cultural Criticism, and Anthropology [Paperback]

R. G. Collingwood , David Boucher , Wendy James , Philip Smallwood

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October 18, 2007 0199228086 978-0199228089
This is the long-awaited publication of a set of writings by the British philosopher, historian, and archaeologist R.G. Collingwood (1889-1943) on critical, anthropological, and cultural themes only hinted at in his previously available work. At the core are six essays on folktale and magic in which Collingwood applies the principles of his philosophy of history to problems in the long-term evolution of human society and culture. The volume opens with three substantial introductory essays by the editors, authorities in their various fields, who provide their explanatory and contextual notes to guide the reader through the texts. The Philosophy of Enchantment highlights the broad range of Collingwood's intellectual engagements, their integration, and their relevance to current areas of debate in the fields of philosophy, cultural studies, social and literary history, and anthropology.

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`Review from previous edition The appearance in print in a scholarly and scrupulously edited form of Collingwood's folktale manuscript is very much to be welcomed as something of an event in Collingwood studies. The editors have done a superb job in presenting the folktale manuscript in a highly accessible form and in linking it with a number of other previously unpublished manuscripts and papers on broadly connected themes.' Peter Johnson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

About the Author

R.G. Collingwood was formerly Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy, University of Oxford. David Boucher is at the University of Cardiff. Wendy James is at the University of Oxford. Philip Smallwood is at the University of Central England.

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