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Logos: Divine Reason

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/9780198240754.003.0004
Logos: Divine Reason

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The Fourth Gospel declares that the life of which the Logos source is also the ‘light of men’. Coleridge himself took up this identification of light and Logos. For him, the ‘light of men’ was Reason, the ‘communicative Intelligence’. Coleridge believes that Reason is, at least in some senses, subordinate to the divine Will (God the Father). His philosophy, despite its emphasis on Reason, cannot, owing to the primacy which he attributes to Will, be adequately categorized as idealist or rationalist. Coleridge, in common with most philosophers after Hume, recognized that the pursuit of objectively true knowledge of external reality was ultimately hopeless unless the structure and processes of the human mind could be shown to correspond in some way to that reality.

Keywords: unifying principle; law; will; Fourth Gospel; idealist; Coleridge

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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