Rik Peters, History as Philosophy and Action: The Philosophies of Croce, Gentile, de Ruggiero and Collingwood (Exeter, Imprint Academic, 2014), pp. x + 429, ISBN 9 781845 402440. Reviewed by James Wakefield.

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    I know of no author as qualified as Rik Peters to take on
    the monumental task of History as Thought and Action. His
    considerable knowledge and understanding of the idealist
    literature, as well as his years of reflection on the historical
    and philosophical problems elaborated in the book, is
    demonstrated on every page. As such, the volume stands
    as a valuable contribution to each of several bodies of literature.
    Specialists on Collingwood will be interested at last
    to get themeasure of his long-suspected Italian influences.
    Our knowledge and understanding of the reasons he
    chose the positions he ultimately did is greatly enriched
    by this study. More broadly, philosophers of history and
    historians of philosophy will be prompted to reconsider
    some basic questions about the nature of historical
    thought. The book will also be invaluable for anyone interested
    in any the protagonists individually: each chapter
    on its own constitutes a short but pithy overview of its
    subject’s development over a given period, and these will
    be all the more useful given the scarcity of good-quality,
    broad-based and accessible secondary material on the Italians.
    (I am thinking here of de Ruggiero and to a lesser
    extent Gentile). These qualities, together with the clarity of
    Peters’ prose and the breadth of his reading, ensure that
    the book will remain instructive to novices and interesting
    to experts for years to come.

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    • TitelRik Peters, History as Philosophy and Action: The Philosophies of Croce, Gentile, de Ruggiero and Collingwood (Exeter, Imprint Academic, 2014), pp. x + 429, ISBN 9 781845 402440. Reviewed by James Wakefield.
      Media naam/outletCollingwood and British Idealism Studies, 19:2 (2013), pp. 281–305
      Release datum03/02/2014
      Producent / auteurJames Wakefield
      PersonenRik Peters