Hopkins' Idealism: Philosophy, Physics, Poetry

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Hopkins' Idealism provides a thorough re-examination of the nineteenth-century poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), whose early writings on philosophy have to date received little critical attention. It is the first full-length study of Hopkins' largely unpublished Oxford undergraduate essays and notes on philosophy and mechanics. The volume also offers radical new readings of some of Hopkins' best-known poems.
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Hopkins' Idealism provides a thorough re-examination of the nineteenth-century poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), whose early writings on philosophy have to date received little critical attention. It is the first full-length study of Hopkins' largely unpublished Oxford undergraduate essays and notes on philosophy and mechanics. The volume also offers radical new readings of some of Hopkins' best-known poems.
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"The author drives his extremely well researched arguments with copious, often delightful references to the poetry. This important book deserves the attention not only of Hopkins scholars but of all students of 19th-century thought."--Choice

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Brown English, U. of Western Australia cites British poet Gerard Manley Hopkins' 1844-89 unpublished Oxford essays on philosophy to challenge the prevailing view of him as a conservative High-Church ritualist. He finds a boldly speculative intellectual liberal less concerned with Christian factionalism than with countering contemporary threats to faith itself, particularly scientism. He traces Hopkins' thought to the British Idealism he encountered at Oxford and the new high-energy physics of the 1850s and 1860s. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198183532
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Poems Cited in the Text
Abbreviations
1 Hopkins and Oxford 1
2 Introduction and Understanding 43
3 The 'idea in the mind' 67
4 Moral Philosophy 92
5 Reflexive Self-Consciousness 127
6 The Big Idea 156
7 Hopkins' Mechanistic Ontology 187
8 'the flush and foredrawn' 208
9 Stress, Selves, and Subjectivity 238
10 Stress and Breath 278
Bibliography 327
Index 341
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