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Coleridge and the Uses of Division

Seamus Perry


Coleridge repeatedly announced the merits of unity, while experiencing the truth of division. A visionary drawn to the numinous, he was also a spontaneous connoisseur of the sensory life; a metaphysician inclined to idealism, his thought was permanently way-laid by a tenacious realism. Such double-mindedness frustrated his ambitions for a system, and he has often been accused of a sort of incapacity; but the ability to entertain equally necessary or valuable kinds of perception, which yet prove ultimately incompatible, might alternatively be thought a kind of virtue—even, perhaps, the secret o ... More

Keywords: Coleridge, unity, division, sensory life, idealism, double-vision, philosophy of mind, self-analysis, love, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183976
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seamus Perry, author
University of Glasgow