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Coleridge and the Uses of Division$
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Seamus Perry

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183976.001.0001

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Atoning Plurality: The Mind and the World

Atoning Plurality: The Mind and the World

(p.102) 3 Atoning Plurality: The Mind and the World
Coleridge and the Uses of Division

Seamus Perry

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the atonement of plurality in the context of English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's concept of unity. It suggests that the issues of unity and plurality may have entered Coleridge's epistemology in a more or less Kantian way, with the God-like mind as the seat of unity ordering the cluttered natural multiplicity provided by the animal senses. His visions and ambitions for unity tended to be associated with an emphasis on the sublime powers of the mind to independently organise the chaos of pre-experience into an owned orderliness and coherence.

Keywords:   Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, unity, plurality, epistemology, God-like mind, chaos, orderliness, coherence

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