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The Life of Art

R.G. Collingwood

Robin George Collingwood FBA was an English philosopher, historian and archaeologist. He is best known for his philosophical works, including The Principles of Art and the posthumously published The Idea of History. Collingwood was born 22 February 1889 in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, then in Lancashire, the son of the artist and archaeologist W. G. Collingwood, who had acted as John Ruskin’s private secretary in the final years of Ruskin’s life. Collingwood’s mother was also an artist and a talented pianist. He was educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford, where he gained a First in Classical Moderations (Greek and Latin) in 1910 and a congratulatory First in Greats (Ancient History and Philosophy) in 1912. Prior to graduation he was elected a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Outlines of a Philosophy of Art

Thoemmes Press, 1994

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...The Work of Art and the Life of Art The creation of works of art is not the ultimate aim or crowning phase of the aesthetic life. It is a necessary phase of that life, and a phase which is never transcended, but one whose position...

Introduction to R.G. Collingwood's Outlines of a Philosophy of Art, 1925

Peter Skagestad

Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Retired. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Read Primary Source Text: Outlines of a Philosophy of Art.R.G. Collingwood, Outlines of a Philosophy of Art, Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 1994.Collingwood’s Life and Work Robin George Collingwood’s Outlines of a Philosophy of Art was published...

The General Nature of Art

R.G. Collingwood

Robin George Collingwood FBA was an English philosopher, historian and archaeologist. He is best known for his philosophical works, including The Principles of Art and the posthumously published The Idea of History. Collingwood was born 22 February 1889 in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, then in Lancashire, the son of the artist and archaeologist W. G. Collingwood, who had acted as John Ruskin’s private secretary in the final years of Ruskin’s life. Collingwood’s mother was also an artist and a talented pianist. He was educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford, where he gained a First in Classical Moderations (Greek and Latin) in 1910 and a congratulatory First in Greats (Ancient History and Philosophy) in 1912. Prior to graduation he was elected a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Outlines of a Philosophy of Art

Thoemmes Press, 1994

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...The Problem The word art has in ordinary usage three senses. First, it means the creation of objects or the pursuit of activities called works of art, by people called artists; these works being distinguished from other objects and acts...

The Work of Art

R.G. Collingwood

Robin George Collingwood FBA was an English philosopher, historian and archaeologist. He is best known for his philosophical works, including The Principles of Art and the posthumously published The Idea of History. Collingwood was born 22 February 1889 in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, then in Lancashire, the son of the artist and archaeologist W. G. Collingwood, who had acted as John Ruskin’s private secretary in the final years of Ruskin’s life. Collingwood’s mother was also an artist and a talented pianist. He was educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford, where he gained a First in Classical Moderations (Greek and Latin) in 1910 and a congratulatory First in Greats (Ancient History and Philosophy) in 1912. Prior to graduation he was elected a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Outlines of a Philosophy of Art

Thoemmes Press, 1994

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...The Birth of Art The forms of natural beauty discussed in the last chapter make up a continuous line pointing in a definite direction. In the transition from the first form to the second, and from the second to the third, a principle...

The Beauty of Nature

R.G. Collingwood

Robin George Collingwood FBA was an English philosopher, historian and archaeologist. He is best known for his philosophical works, including The Principles of Art and the posthumously published The Idea of History. Collingwood was born 22 February 1889 in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, then in Lancashire, the son of the artist and archaeologist W. G. Collingwood, who had acted as John Ruskin’s private secretary in the final years of Ruskin’s life. Collingwood’s mother was also an artist and a talented pianist. He was educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford, where he gained a First in Classical Moderations (Greek and Latin) in 1910 and a congratulatory First in Greats (Ancient History and Philosophy) in 1912. Prior to graduation he was elected a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Outlines of a Philosophy of Art

Thoemmes Press, 1994

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...The Imaginary Object and the Real Object It has already been shown (§ 3) that to call an object imaginary is to express one’s indifference as to whether it is real or not. If this is so, and if to imagine an object is to find it beautiful,...
...What are artists most fundamentally trying to achieve? The average person today is likely to reply by saying that artists try to express themselves. From an historical point of view that might seem anachronistic; although Michelangelo...

Art and the Life of the Spirit

R.G. Collingwood

Robin George Collingwood FBA was an English philosopher, historian and archaeologist. He is best known for his philosophical works, including The Principles of Art and the posthumously published The Idea of History. Collingwood was born 22 February 1889 in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, then in Lancashire, the son of the artist and archaeologist W. G. Collingwood, who had acted as John Ruskin’s private secretary in the final years of Ruskin’s life. Collingwood’s mother was also an artist and a talented pianist. He was educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford, where he gained a First in Classical Moderations (Greek and Latin) in 1910 and a congratulatory First in Greats (Ancient History and Philosophy) in 1912. Prior to graduation he was elected a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Outlines of a Philosophy of Art

Thoemmes Press, 1994

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...The Life of the Spirit: Art and Religion The life of the spirit is an indivisible whole within which are necessary and permanent distinctions: permanent in the sense that the spirit in its own activity perpetually reaffirms them...

The Forms of Beauty

R.G. Collingwood

Robin George Collingwood FBA was an English philosopher, historian and archaeologist. He is best known for his philosophical works, including The Principles of Art and the posthumously published The Idea of History. Collingwood was born 22 February 1889 in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, then in Lancashire, the son of the artist and archaeologist W. G. Collingwood, who had acted as John Ruskin’s private secretary in the final years of Ruskin’s life. Collingwood’s mother was also an artist and a talented pianist. He was educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford, where he gained a First in Classical Moderations (Greek and Latin) in 1910 and a congratulatory First in Greats (Ancient History and Philosophy) in 1912. Prior to graduation he was elected a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Outlines of a Philosophy of Art

Thoemmes Press, 1994

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...The Forms of Beauty The term beauty has hitherto been used in a general sense as a name for that quality of an object in virtue of which it satisfies the claims of the aesthetic spirit. But though this use of the word is legitimate...
...Collingwood, R.G. Robin George Collingwood was born at Gillhead, Cartmel Fell in the Lake District on 22 February 1889 and died from pneumonia after a series of strokes at Lanehead, the family home in Coniston on 9 January 1943. His mother...

Art and Experience

Daniel Herwitz

Daniel Herwitz is Mary Fair Croushore Professor of Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Aesthetics : Key Concepts in Philosophy

Continuum, 2008

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...Four Key Strokes of Difference from the Eighteenth Century The nineteenth century separates itself from the eighteenth in four decisive strokes. First it separates the study of art from that of nature. No longer will a single aesthetics...