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Systems Science Seminar: Chad Wiener "R.G. Collingwood on Object and Method in History"
Friday, May 29, 2009 - 12:00pm to Friday, May 29, 2009 - 1:00pm

Systems Science Seminar

May 29, 2009

Harder House, Room 104

12-1 pm

Chad Wiener

R.G. Collingwood on Object and Method in History

Historical knowledge seems problematic in several ways.  First, the knowledge would be of particular events at a specific time and place.  The standard scientific method of finding classes and constructing hypotheses to predict phenomena will not work for historical knowledge.  Second, although historical knowledge is empirical, it is not clear that it can be confirmed or falsified by experiment.  I will show how Collingwood argues historical knowledge is possible and defend his thesis that all history is the history of thought. His argument is based on the claim that the object of history is human actions, and human actions contain as one of its constituent elements thought.  I will explain what a human action is for Collingwood and how we can have knowledge of such actions in the past.

Chad Wiener received his Masters in Social Science from the University of Chicago and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Georgia.  He is currently working on scientific inquiry in Plato and Aristotle.  He specifically works on Aristotle's biology and its connection to Aristotle's metaphysics and logic.  He also dabbles in and intends to publish on methodology in history, especially on the thought of R.G. Collingwood.

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