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Politics, Principle, and <i>The Friend</i>

John Beer

in Coleridge's Play of Mind

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199574018
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723100 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574018.003.0009
Politics, Principle, and The Friend

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The gradual development of ideas in The Friend, responding to the sense of betrayal at the lack of principle after Cintra, is rooted in the assertion that what the age needs above all is principled conduct. This involves choosing to follow Hooker and Burke rather than Rousseau—and Kant rather than all three.

Keywords: Cintra; Napoleon; principle; Hooker; Burke; Kant

Chapter.  5751 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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