Coleridge, Philosophy and Religion: Aids to Reflection and the Mirror of the Spirit

Coleridge, Philosophy and Religion: Aids to Reflection and the Mirror of the Spirit

by Douglas Hedley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521093236

ISBN-13: 9780521093231

Pub. Date: 06/12/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Coleridge's relation to his German contemporaries constitutes the toughest problem in assessing his standing as a thinker. For the last half-century this relationship has been described, ultimately, as parasitic. As a result, Coleridge's contribution to religious thought has been seen primarily in terms of his poetic genius. This book revives and deepens the

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Coleridge's relation to his German contemporaries constitutes the toughest problem in assessing his standing as a thinker. For the last half-century this relationship has been described, ultimately, as parasitic. As a result, Coleridge's contribution to religious thought has been seen primarily in terms of his poetic genius. This book revives and deepens the evaluation of Coleridge as a philosophical theologian in his own right. Coleridge had a critical and creative relation to, and kinship with, German Idealism. Moreover, the principal impulse behind his engagement with that philosophy is traced to the more immediate context of English Unitarian-Trinitarian controversy of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The book re-establishes Coleridge as a philosopher of religion and as a vital source for contemporary theological reflection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521093231
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/12/2008
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: explaining Coleridge's explanation; 1. The true philosopher is the lover of God; 2. Inner word: reflection as meditation; 3. The image of God: reflection as imitating the divine spirit Prudence; 4. God is truth: the faculty of reflection or human understanding in relation to the divine Reason; 5. The great instauration: reflection as the renewal of the soul; 6. The vision of God: reflection culture, and the seed of a deiform nature; Epilogue: the candle of the Lord and Coleridge's legacy; Bibliography; Index.

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