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Coleridge and Contemplation

Peter Cheyne

Abstract

In his philosophical writings, Coleridge increasingly developed his thinking about imagination, a symbolizing precursor to contemplation, to a theory of contemplation itself, which for him occurs in its purest form as a manifestation of ‘Reason’. Coleridge is a particularly challenging figure because he was a thinker in process, and something of an omnimath, a Renaissance man of the Romantic era. The dynamic quality of his thinking, the ‘dark fluxion’ pursued but ultimately ‘unfixable by thought’, and his extensive range of interests make essential an approach that is philosophical yet also mu ... More

Keywords: Coleridge, contemplation, philosophy, aesthetics, religion, theology, politics, history of ideas, literature, ideas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198799511
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198799511.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Cheyne, editor
Associate Professor of British Literature and Culture, Shimane University Visiting Fellow, Durham University

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