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    A History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of Interpretation.Christopher Fear - 2019 - Contemporary Political Theory 18 (1):20-23.
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    Collingwood's New Leviathan and Classical Elite Theory.Christopher Fear - 2019 - History of European Ideas 45 (7):1029-1044.
    ABSTRACTR. G. Collingwood's New Leviathan presents an account of two ‘dialectical’ political processes that are ongoing in any body politic. Existing scholarship has already covered the first: a dialectic between a ‘social’ and a ‘non-social’ element, which Collingwood identifies in Hobbes. This essay elucidates a second: a dialectic between Liberals and Conservatives, which regulates the ‘percolation’ of liberty and the rate of recruitment into what Collingwood calls ‘the ruling class’. The details of this second dialectic are to be found not (...)
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    R. G. Collingwood’s Overlapping Ideas of History.Christopher Fear - forthcoming - Journal of the Philosophy of History:1-21.
    Does R. G. Collingwood’s theory that concepts in philosophy are organized as “scales of forms” apply to his own work on the nature of history? Or is there some inconsistency between Collingwood’s work as a philosopher of history and as a theorist of philosophical method? This article surveys existing views among Collingwood specialists concerning the applicability of Collingwood’s “scale of forms” thesis to his own philosophy of history – especially the accounts of Leon Goldstein and Lionel Rubinoff – and outlines (...)
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    The Question-and-Answer Logic of Historical Context.Christopher Fear - 2013 - History of the Human Sciences 26 (3):68-81.
    Quentin Skinner has enduringly insisted that a past text cannot be ‘understood’ without the reader knowing something about its historical and linguistic context. But since the 1970s he has been attacked on this central point of all his work by authors maintaining that the text itself is the fundamental guide to the author’s intention, and that a separate study of the context cannot tell the historian anything that the text itself could not. Mark Bevir has spent much of the last (...)
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    “Was He Right?” R. G. Collingwood’s Rapprochement Between Philosophy and History.Christopher Fear - 2017 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 11 (3):408-424.