On the NL (New Leviathan) Posts

Added May 7, 2019. My project to read and write a blog post about each of the 45 chapters of Collingwood’s New Leviathan (1942) began in January, 2014. A month and five years later, in February, 2019, the project was complete, in the sense that I had indeed written an article about each chapter of the book. Now I can go back to reread the earlier chapters, and revise the earlier articles, knowing better where they lead. ¶ Near the beginning, I wrote this post as an explanation of the project and an index to its articles. The passing of time and my reading of the book has changed my understanding of the project. From a way to satisfy intellectual curiosity, the project has become a response to threats as serious as the war of conquest by Germany to which Collingwood was responding.

Collingwood, New Leviathan

I have been engaged in reading, and writing notes on, R. G. Collingwood, The New Leviathan (1942; revised edition 1992). The following is a list of the articles that comprise those notes so far, along with other articles to which I have assigned the category “New Leviathan.”

  1. A personal overview of Collingwood’s New Leviathan
  2. NL I: “Body and Mind”
  3. NL II: “The Relation Between Body and Mind”
  4. On the NL (New Leviathan) Posts
  5. NL III: “Body As Mind”
  6. Freedom of will
  7. NL IV: “Feeling”
  8. NL V: “The Ambiguity of Feeling”
  9. NL VI: “Language”
  10. NL VI: “Language,” again
  11. NL VII: “Appetite”
  12. NL VIII: “Hunger and Love”
  13. Facts (NL IX, ‘Retrospect,’ first 6 paragraphs)
  14. Freedom
  15. Happiness
  16. Thales of Miletus
  17. NL IX: “Retrospect”
  18. NL X: “Passion”
  19. NL XI: “Desire”
  20. NL XII: “Happiness”
  21. NL XIII: “Choice”
  22. NL XIV: “Reason”
  23. NL XV: “Utility”
  24. NL XVI: “Right”
  25. NL XVII: “Duty”
  26. NL XVIII: “Theoretical Reason”
  27. Freedom to Listen
  28. Duty to Nature
  29. Feyhaman Duran
  30. NL XIX: Two Senses of the Word “Society”
  31. NL XX: Society and Community
  32. NL XXI: Society as Joint Will
  33. NL XXII: The Family As a Mixed Community
  34. NL XXIII: The Family As a Society
  35. NL XXIV: The Body Politic, Social and Non-Social
  36. On Chapman’s Homer’s Iliad, Book IX
  37. NL XXV: The Three Laws of Politics
  38. The Tree of Life
  39. Effectiveness
  40. NL XXVI: Democracy and Aristocracy
  41. NL XXVII: Force in Politics
  42. NL XXVIII: The Forms of Political Action
  43. NL XXIX: External Politics
  44. NL XXX: War As the Breakdown of Policy
  45. NL XXXI: Classical Physics and Classical Politics
  46. NL XXXII: Society and Nature in the Classical Politics
  47. NL XXXIII: Decline of the Classical Politics
  48. NL XXXIV: What Civilization Means Generically
  49. NL XXXV: What Civilization Means Specifically
  50. NL XXXVI: The Essence of Civilization
  51. NL XXXVII: Civilization As Education
  52. NL XXXVIII: Civilization and Wealth
  53. NL XXXIX: Law and Order
  54. NL XL: Peace and Plenty
  55. NL XLI: What Barbarism Is
  56. NL XLII: The First Barbarism: The Saracens
  57. NL XLIII: The Second Barbarism: The ‘Albigensian Heresy’
  58. Antitheses
  59. NL XLIV: The Turks
  60. NL XLV: The Germans
  61. Piety
  62. NL I: “Body and Mind” Again

The list is made automatically by means of “shortcodes,” described in a blog article and in more detail on a support page. I am using in particular the code

display-posts category="New Leviathan" order="ASC" wrapper="ol" posts_per_page="70"

within square brackets in the underlying html file. (If and when I write more than 70 of these articles, I shall have to make an adjustment here.)

These articles contain many quotations from The New Leviathan itself and other books by Collingwood, and a few from books by other writers. I attempt to make my articles locally readable, although there is no predetermined global structure to an article. Reasons to read Collingwood are suggested in the articles themselves. I try to note the connections that I see to other books by Collingwood and to other chapters in The New Leviathan. I note the questions that are suggested to me. In the process, I think I come to some understandings that I did not have before I started writing: this is the purpose of writing in the first place.

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  1. By NL III: “Body As Mind” « Polytropy on January 25, 2014 at 7:17 am

    […] « Collingwood, The New Leviathan (1942) […]

  2. By Freedom of will « Polytropy on January 26, 2014 at 7:54 am

    […] my writing about Collingwood’s New Leviathan, I am for the moment jumping ahead to Chapter XIII, […]

  3. By NL IV: “Feeling” « Polytropy on February 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

    […] Index to this series […]

  4. […] Index to this series […]

  5. By NL V: “The Ambiguity of Feeling” « Polytropy on February 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    […] Index to this series […]

  6. By NL VI: “Language” « Polytropy on February 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    […] Index to this series […]

  7. By NL VI: “Language,” again « Polytropy on March 31, 2014 at 11:33 am

    […] Collingwood, The New Leviathan (1942) […]

  8. By NL VII: “Appetite” « Polytropy on May 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    […] Collingwood, The New Leviathan (1942) […]

  9. By NL VIII: “Hunger and Love” « Polytropy on June 30, 2014 at 11:57 am

    […] Collingwood, The New Leviathan (1942) […]

  10. […] Collingwood, The New Leviathan (1942) […]

  11. By Freedom « Polytropy on August 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    […] Collingwood, The New Leviathan (1942) […]

  12. By NL IX: “Retrospect” « Polytropy on February 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    […] Index to this series […]

  13. By NL X: “Passion” « Polytropy on February 9, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    […] Index to this series […]

  14. By NL XI: “Desire” « Polytropy on February 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    […] Index to this series […]

  15. By NL XII: “Happiness” « Polytropy on February 11, 2017 at 7:14 am

    […] Index to this series […]

  16. By NL XIII: “Choice” « Polytropy on February 12, 2017 at 8:41 am

    […] Index to this series […]

  17. By NL XIV: “Reason” « Polytropy on February 13, 2017 at 8:03 am

    […] Index to this series […]

  18. By NL XV: “Utility” « Polytropy on February 14, 2017 at 8:37 am

    […] Index to this series […]

  19. By NL XVI: “Right” « Polytropy on February 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

    […] Index to this series […]

  20. By Thales of Miletus « Polytropy on February 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

    […] New Leviathan […]

  21. By NL XVII: “Duty” « Polytropy on February 16, 2017 at 9:26 am

    […] Index to this series […]

  22. By NL XVIII: “Theoretical Reason” « Polytropy on February 17, 2017 at 4:55 am

    […] Index to this series […]

  23. By Freedom to Listen « Polytropy on February 26, 2017 at 6:51 am

    […] New Leviathan […]

  24. By Duty to Nature « Polytropy on February 28, 2017 at 8:40 am

    […] Index to this series […]

  25. By Community « Polytropy on March 9, 2017 at 6:31 am

    […] New Leviathan […]

  26. By Nature and Death « Polytropy on March 10, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    […] New Leviathan […]

  27. By Feyhaman Duran « Polytropy on March 20, 2017 at 8:20 am

    […] New Leviathan […]

  28. […] Index to this series […]

  29. By Fascism as Abetted by Realism « Polytropy on October 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

    […] New Leviathan […]

  30. By Re-enactment « Polytropy on October 6, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    […] New Leviathan […]

  31. By Antitheses « Polytropy on December 13, 2018 at 10:18 am

    […] New Leviathan […]

  32. By A New Kind of Science « Polytropy on January 17, 2019 at 8:25 am

    […] New Leviathan […]

  33. By On Causation « Polytropy on August 20, 2019 at 5:10 am

    […] New Leviathan […]

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