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Logos: Light and Life of Nature

Mary Anne Perkins

in Coleridge’s Philosophy

Published in print July 1994 | ISBN: 9780198240754
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680250 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240754.003.0003
Logos: Light and Life of Nature

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The Fourth Gospel, following its affirmation of the pre-existence of the Word, proclaims this Word as light and life (John 1: 4). Coleridge saw this as the highest expression of those truths on which he founded his philosophy of nature. The writings which eventually formed Hints towards the Formation of a more Comprehensive Theory of Life all contain the germ of the Logos idea. Nature, for him, was itself a revelatory ‘language’. He took, as the foundation of his philosophy of nature, the concept of an apostatic Will, self-separated from the Holy Will, which was realized in Being, Intellect, and Love. From this separation resulted the original polarity between God and Hades or Chaos, the ground of Nature.

Keywords: polarity; love; Fourth Gospel; Coleridge; moral philosophy; intellect

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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