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Coleridge and Scepticism

Ben Brice


Coleridge tended to view objects in the natural world as if they were capable of articulating truths about his own poetic psyche. He also regarded such objects as if they were capable of illustrating and embodying truths about a transcendent spiritual realm. After 1805, he posited a series of analogical ‘likenesses’ connecting the rational principles that inform human cognition with the rational principles that he believed informed the teleological structure of the natural world. Although he intuitively felt that nature had been constructed as a ‘mirror’ of the human mind, and that both mind a ... More

Keywords: epistemological piety, Protestant, voluntarism, Kant, Hume, Locke, Boyle, Calvin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199290253
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Brice, author
Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in English, St John's College, Oxford