A Re-examine of R.G. Collingwood’s Historical Re-enactment

By Adam Kok Wey Leong.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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It has been more than sixty years since R.G. Collingwood propounded on his philosophical aspect of history by re-enactment. His dissatisfaction of the prevalent philosophical strands during his time left him pondering on how humans understand history or ‘see’ things of the past. Ironically, he left his provoking ideas unpublished when he died in 1943. His Idea of History was posthumously published in 1946 to wide acclaim and contributed immensely to the study of philosophy of history. This paper illustrates some of Collingwood’s ideas on re-enactment and re-examines the critiques levelled against it. Collingwood’s vicarious practice of re-enactment has been widely used in differing fields, without the practitioner knowing its origins.

Keywords: Reenactment, Philosophy of History, Ideas

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.127-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 724.123KB).

Adam Kok Wey Leong

Lecturer, Department of Strategic Studies, Faculty of Management and Defence Studies, National Defence University of Malaysia, Sg Besi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I am a lecturer attached with the National Defence University of Malaysia. The subjects that I teach are ‘War and Conflict’ and ‘Strategic Thought’. My research interests are in the subject fields of Strategy, War Studies and Special Operations. I am currently on study leave and conducting my PhD research at University of Reading’s Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies (GIPIS) under the supervision of Professor Beatrice Heuser and Dr. Geoffrey Sloan. My PhD research is on Special Operations and Strategy in Modern Warfare. I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from the National University of Malaysia, and a Master of Strategic and Defence Studies from University of Malaya.

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