William Dray

Emeritus Professor, Department of Philosophy

PhD, MA, Oxford University
BA, University of Toronto

Fields of interest

  • Philosophy of History
  • Philosophy of Social Science

Selected publications


History as Re-enactment: R. G. Collingwood's Philosophy of History, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1995.

Philosophy of History, 2nd ├ęd., Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1993.

On History and Philosophers of History, leiden; E. J. Brill, 1989.

Perspectives on History, London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980.


"Broadening the Historian's Subject-Matter in the Principles of History", in Collingwood Studies, vol. 4, (1997) pp. 2-33.

"Causes, individuals and Ideas in Christopher Hill's Interpretation of the English Revolution" in Court, Country, and Culture: Essays on Early Modern British History in Honor of Perez Zagorin (editors: B. Kunze and D. Brautigam), Rochester, University of Rochester Press, 1992, pp. 21-40.

"Historicity, Historicism, and Self-Making", in Fackenheim: German Philosophy and jewish thought, Louis Greenspan Graeme Nicholson ed., Toronto; University of Rochester Press, 1992, pp. 118-137.

"Von Wright on Explanation in History", in The Philosophy of G. H. Von Wright (ed.  P.A. Schilpp and L. E. Hahn), La Salle, III.: Open Court, 1989, pp.471-487.

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