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Research Graduate School of Philosophy PhD ceremonies

All thought exists for the sake of action

The historical and philosophical relations between R.G. Collingwood and classical pragmatism
PhD ceremony:Mr Y. (Ymko) Braaksma
When:June 23, 2022
Start:14:30
Supervisors:prof. dr. M. Lenz, dr. R.G.P. (Rik) Peters
Where:Academy building RUG
Faculty:Philosophy
All thought exists for the sake of action

Was R.G. Collingwood (1889-1943) an ‘undercover pragmatist’, as some have suggested? Or did he rather consider pragmatism to be one of his ‘least favorite varieties of philosophy’, as others have held? This book carves out a middle path between these opposing views. It shows that Collingwood argues that, for a variety of reasons, pragmatism fails to achieve its ostensible ideal of overcoming the dualism of theory and practice. In its stead Collingwood elaborates his own philosophy, in which thought and action are really united. Hence, instead of accepting or rejecting pragmatism wholesale, he would have regarded himself as more of a pragmatist than the pragmatists themselves.