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Coleridge and Scepticism$
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Ben Brice

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290253.001.0001

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Between Flesh and Spirit: Coleridge's Prose Writings 1815 to 1825

Between Flesh and Spirit: Coleridge's Prose Writings 1815 to 1825

(p.148) 4 Between Flesh and Spirit: Coleridge's Prose Writings 1815 to 1825
Coleridge and Scepticism

Ben Brice

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses some aspects of Coleridge's published prose works written between 1815 and 1825, including The Statesman's Manual (1816), Biographia Literaria (1817), The Friend (1818), and Aids to Reflection (1825). It argues that while Coleridge remained trapped within Hume's ‘fork’ of anthropomorphism and agnosticism, and cannot be said to have discovered an original solution to the philosophical and religious questions he encountered, his writings on religion, and particularly his pained acknowledgement of uncertainty and doubt, were authentic responses to the profound intellectual problems he had inherited from his precursors.

Keywords:   prose works, Statesman's Manual, Biographia Literaria, The Friend, Aids to Reflection, Hume's ‘fork’, anthropomorphism, agnosticism, doubt

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