Robin George Collingwood’s Philosophical Influence on Eugenio Coseriu’s Hermeneutical Conception


  • Cristinel Munteanu Danubius University of Galati


E. Coseriu; R. G. Collingwood; history; philosophy of language; hermeneutics


R.G. Collingwood is an English philosopher and historian who is referred to by Coseriu a few times,
mainly when the latter mentions the way in which history has to be interpreted. Despite the relatively few
references, we are entitled to believe (and this is what we try to prove here) that Collingwood’s influence on
Coseriu was greater than assumed, at least by the fact he confirms – through the ideas found in his books – a
series of Coseriu’ intuitions and principles. In this paper, I will mainly consider Collingwood’s influence on
Coseriu as regards his hermeneutical conception.

Author Biography

Cristinel Munteanu, Danubius University of Galati

Professor, PhD, Faculty of Communication and International Relations


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