By Nathan Rotenstreich (auth.)
Nathan Rotenstreich, 1914-1993, was once Professor of Philosophy on the Hebrew college of Jerusalem. He used to be the Rector of this college and the vp of the Israel Academy of technology and arts.
a few of his renowned essays are: Between prior and current, Spiritand guy, culture and Reality, and Jewish Philosophy in smooth Times. including S.H. Bergman he translated Kant's 3 Critiques into Hebrew.
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Perception is the awareness of the present. In contra-distinction to it, "historical thought is of something which can never be this, because it is never here and now. Its object are events which have finished happening, and conditions no longer in existence. , p. 212. The Idea 01 History, p. Ibid. 283. THE SHADOW OF HISTORY OVER PHILOSOPHY 39 fact. Thus the precondition of the identification of historical knowledge with perception is absent. This limitation of perception was not considered in Speculum Mentis, since there Collingwood did not deal with the problem of the relation between past and present in the framework of his system.
25 Underlying this assertion is a functional approach to mind which leads to the notion that there is nothing permanent in thought. This functional approach atomizes the realm of thought, leaving nothing which is valid for all sets of people. Thus by transferring the historical object from the realm of facts to the realm of thought, Collingwood does not cancel 23 Editor's Preface to The Idea 0/ History, pp. ; compare Leo Strauss "On Collingwood's Philosophy of History", The Review 0/ Metaphysics, Vol.
It is true that Collingwood does not define philosophy in terms of a specific theme or SUbject-matter. But neither does he define it in terms of its structure, as he had defined it in his Essay on Philosophical Method. e. as reflective thought. This definition may perhaps be regarded as an 30 An Autobiog,aphy, p. 48. See the present author's "Metaphysics and Historicism", in the volume C,itical Essays on the PhilOSOPhy 0/ R. G. Collingwood mentioned before. 34 THE SHADOW OF HISTORY OVER PHILOSOPHY expression of Collingwood's functional approach to philosophy, which approach is based upon an historical, or historicist, method.