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Coleridge and Philosophy

Christoph Bode

in The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644179
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199644179.013.0032

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge and Philosophy

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This article examines the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge relevant to philosophy. It suggests that although Coleridge did not leave behind an original, coherent philosophical system or a single finished book which could be called a philosophical work, he has somehow acquired the reputation of being the most philosophical of the British Romantic poets. The article discusses doubts concerning Coleridge's qualifications as an original philosophical thinker. Renée Wellek, for example, remarked on the fundamental weakness of his thought– incoherence and indistinctness–and considered the study of Coleridge's philosophy to be futile.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; philosophy; British Romantic poets; philosophical thinker; Renée Wellek

Article.  15651 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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