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Title: Religious experience and its modes in early Collingwood (1916-1929)
Author: Lobont, F.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1999
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The thesis attempts to unveil and explore Collingwood's constant (unorthodox) treatment of religion in general and Christian religion in particular throughout his entire oeuvre, with special emphasis on his early creative period. Within the complex and problematic issue of religion, special attention is paid to the religious experience as it is experienced in the act of worship and prayer. The development of Collingwood's treatment of religious faith is presented as convergent with the evolution of his metaphysics and philosophy of history. Moreover, several attempts are made, demonstrating that - granted that for Collingwood, religion proper includes a cognitive element - his constant mediation on religion could both explain and underlie a good part of the developments occurring in his philosophy. A special emphasis is also laid upon the emotional aspect of religious experience whose implicit rational content is associated with that of the rational emotions studied by the historian and the unconscious, or pre-reflective thought investigated by the metaphysician. This association is presented as a means of suggesting the self-consistency of Collingwood's attempt to vindicate the unity of the mind. The study draws extensively on a number of important unpublished manuscripts by the Oxford don and tries to analyse the influence of Kant and Hegel on his treatment of religion and to demonstrate the primacy he ascribed to practical reason. As for Collingwood's view on metaphysics, it is presented as more 'traditional' (in the Heideggerian sense) than it seems at first glance, by trying to unveil his implicit belief in the existence of perennial problems and the inspiring role played here by his meditation on religious experience and knowledge. Finally, the thesis tries to show that Collingwood's discussions on religion take place within a realist philosophical framework which prevented him both from becoming a naturalist and an atheist thinker.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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