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Fascinations of the Esoteric

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/9780199574018.003.0010
Fascinations of the Esoteric

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Further study of The Friend reveals the survival of Coleridge's interest in esoteric speculations, particularly at a psychological level. This marks his study of Luther's ink‐throwing and of the account of Maria Eleonora Schöning, both of which come from recent German periodicals. Further passages suggesting the predominance of transcendent reason are cited, leading to the invocation of Alexander Ball as a figure displaying the power of Reason‐based law to overcome all resistance.

Keywords: Luther; Schöning; reason; esoteric; speculations; law

Chapter.  7664 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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