Robin George Collingwood


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Robin George Collingwood (22 February 1889 – 9 January 1943) was an English philosopher and historian. He was born at Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands in Lancashire, the son of the academic W. G. Collingwood. He was educated at Rugby School and at University College, Oxford, where he read Greats. He graduated with congratulatory first class honours and, prior to his graduation, was elected a fellow of ... more »

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  • ''Classical art, in a word, stands for form; romantic art for content. The romantic artist expects people to ask, What has he got to say? The classical artist expects them to ask, How does he say it?''
    R.G. (Robin George) Collingwood (1889-1943), British philosopher. "Form and Content in Art," Essays in the Philosophy of Art, Indiana University Press...
  • ''Parenthood is not an object of appetite or even desire. It is an object of will. There is no appetite for parenthood; there is only a purpose or intention of parenthood.''
    R.G. (Robin George) Collingwood (20th century), British philosopher. The New Leviathan, part 2, ch. 23 (1942).
  • ''What a man is ashamed of is always at bottom himself; and he is ashamed of himself at bottom always for being afraid.''
    R.G. (Robin George) Collingwood (1889-1943), British philosopher. The New Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 10, aph. 49 (1942).
  • ''A man ceases to be a beginner in any given science and becomes a master in that science when he has learned that ... he is going to be a beginner all his life.''
    R.G. (Robin George) Collingwood (1889-1943), British philosopher. The New Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 1, aph. 46 (1942).
  • ''Parenthood is not an object of appetite or even desire. It is an object of will. There is no appetite for parenthood; there is only a purpose or intention of parenthood.''
    R.G. (Robin George) Collingwood (1889-1943), British philosopher. The New Leviathan, pt. 2, ch. 23, aph. 85 (1942).
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