This book provides an exposition and critical examination of Collingwood's philosophy of history, in which Collingwood's views are read in the light of his metaphilosophy. Collingwood's philosophy of history is also located in relation to recent and current philosophy. Although the author argues that Collingwood's conception of the subject matter of history may require some revision, he is generally sympathetic to the aims and methods of Collingwood's project. Indeed, the author hopes to demonstrate that these aims and methods are still of great value.
Stephen Leach was awarded a PhD in 2008 for a thesis on 'R.G. Collingwood's Philosophy of History', completed under the supervision of Giuseppina D'Oro, and is currently researching Collingwood's career as an archaeologist.