‘Kant has not answered Hume’: Hume, Coleridge and the Romantic Imagination

Cairns Craig

in Associationism and the Literary Imagination

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748609123
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652044 | DOI:
‘Kant has not answered Hume’: Hume, Coleridge and the Romantic Imagination

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This chapter discusses the concept of, and the views of several notable thinkers on, imagination. It identifies the differences between David Hume and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's versions of imagination. While Hume viewed imagination as purely social and could create endless associations, Coleridge conceived of it as a representation of a better account of the creative mind. It is shown that association works together with imagination, as it provides the mechanical materials which are transformed into an organic order. Romanticism is also discussed in the chapter.

Keywords: imagination; David Hume; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; creative mind; association; mechanical materials; Romanticism

Chapter.  17502 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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