The present's historical task: Kracauer as reader of Collingwood

James Kent

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    Siegfried Kracauer's reading of the work of R.G. Collingwood illuminates the crisis point in the relation between philosophy, history and how the present is thought. In this paper I argue that Kracauer's dismissal of Collingwood illuminates a misunderstanding of the latter's philosophical project, and takes no account of a certain affinity between the two thinkers. Collingwood not only shared Kracauer's view that a philosophically oriented historical investigation of the past might offer some hope for the present, but also had a fuller grasp of the philosophical implications of the ambivalent relation between historical time and the present than Kracauer gave him credit for.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)338-357
    Number of pages20
    JournalCritical Horizons
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Present
    • Kracauer
    • Collingwood
    • Orpheus

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