Can you list other Collingwood's Absolute Presuppositions?


Robin G. Collingwood's posited the existence of absolute presuppositions (AS). As a reminder, presuppositions are for Collingwood assumptions and guiding precepts that are closed to further analysis or revision (Collingwood 1940). He lists the AS scattered in his writings, so I'm curious to find as many of the the AP as possible. Many of them are in the Essay on Metaphysics. Have you come across others? here's the ones I found:

  • Every event is an instance of some universal law
  • All events have at least one sufficient cause
  • Something remains unchanged through change
  • unity or diversity of the ultimate constituents of matter
  • nature of causality
  • determinism or indeterminism
  • existence of a fundamental level of reality
  • the existence of God
  • mathematics is applicable to the natural world
  • all events happen according to law
  • nature is uniform


Collingwood, An Essay on Metaphysics

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Oliver Amundsen

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One possible addition to your list is :

Absolute Presuppositions Presuppose Nothing.

'The question 'What does this presuppose ? ' itself presupposes an affirmative answer to the question 'Does it presuppose anything ? '; and to ask that question is to contemplate the possibility of the thing's being an absolute presupposition, and to claim that you would know it for one if it was one' (Essay on Metaphysics, Oxford : OUP, 40.)

Quoted in John E. Llewelyn, 'Collingwood's Doctrine of Absolute Presuppositions', The Philosophical Quarterly (1950-), Vol. 11, No. 42 (Jan., 1961), pp. 49-60 : 58.

Geoffrey Thomas

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