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

Ribeiro, C. () http://www.philosophica.ugent.be/fulltexts/90-3.pdf

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To claim that absolute presuppositions presuppose nothing is nonsensical. Thought nor theory is even possible apart from presupposing something. Existence exists is the first and primary metaphysical hinge upon which all thought and theory must revolve. Existence exists is primary and the metaphysical axis upon which all theoretics must turn by logical and metaphysical necessity of thought itself.

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    The question was not asking for opinions on the idea, just for other examples in Collingwood's writings.
    – Hypnosifl
    Jan 30 at 15:12

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