Imagination in the study of history: Collingwood reconsidered
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Philosopher and historian R.G. Collingwood made bold claims for the role imagination plays in the study of history, but does not adequately qualify his claims. In this thesis I add content to Collingwood’s conception of historical imagination by using Collingwood’s works to inter-illuminate each other and by incorporating more thought on imagination and history that has been written since Collingwood. I conclude that there are three types of imagination relevant to a Collingwoodian historian: inquisitive, instructive, and representative imagination.