Remembered best for his posthumously-published work The Idea of History, this British historian and philosopher is also well known for his 1938 book The Principles of Art and for his 1916 publication Religion and Philosophy.
After graduating with honors from University College, Oxford, he taught for over a decade at Pembroke College, Oxford. He later accepted a metaphysical philosophy professorship at Magdalen College, Oxford.
He was a friend of fellow English writer Arthur Ransome.
He grew up in Lancashire, England, as the child of art professor W. G. Collingwood.
He was influenced by the work of the late 18th and early 19th-century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.