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By Paul Hamilton

Samuel Taylor Coleridge usually bridged the space among British and ecu Romantic inspiration. This research units Coleridge's mode of pondering inside a German Romantic philosophical context because the position the place his principles can evidently expand themselves, stretch and locate speculations of similar ambition. It argues that Coleridge came upon his philosophical adventures within the dominant idiom of his instances intriguing and as imaginatively attractive as poetry.

Paul Hamilton situates significant issues in Coleridge's prose and poetic writings with regards to his ardour for German philosophy. He argues that Coleridge's infectious attachment to German (post-Kantian) philosophy was once as a result of its symmetries with the constitution of his Christian trust. Coleridge is learn as an excited and profitable expositor of this philosophy's strength to articulate an absolute grounding of fact. Its comprehensiveness, even if, rendered redundant additional theological description, undermining the religion it had looked as if it would help. hence arose Coleridge's nervous disguising of his German plagiarisms, aspersions solid on German originality, and his claims to have already skilled their insights inside of his personal non secular sensibility or within the writings of Anglican divines and neo-Platonists. This e-book recovers the level to which his principles name to be multiplied inside of German philosophical debate.

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Kant thinks that you can detect whether or not an injunction is a genuinely binding duty simply by virtue of its logical structure, of the contradiction, that is, involved in contravening it. What we require of everyone else, we are obliged to do ourselves, and that possible maximization assures us in individual cases that we are on the right lines. Sophocles' Antigone, Hegel argues, shows two formally consistent positions in collision. 45 But then our decision becomes an historical one, between two institutions and ethical backgrounds, that of Creon's State and that of Antigone's family.

51 A speculative logic as suspicious of any presuppositions as Hegel's, its defenders maintain, is at risk of being extremely obscure but not of being self-serving. It is worth, though, returning to Hegel's acknowledgement that his speculative propositions are linguistically anomalous. In matching the 'cunning' (die List) of speculative reason, they do not, he writes, observe normal subject/ predicate structures. In order to lie open to the evolution of their content over time they must somehow invite a reading that does not attribute fixity to Coleridge Is Philosophical Moment 29 what they assert; that catches their sense of having been determined to express things in this way.

So we move from land to mind, but to make possible a specific political intervention. He believed that the responsibility for embodying a long-term national interest untempted by short term commercial or personal gain, that had been celebrated by Edmund Burke's defence of the aristocracy against the French Revolution, should now pass to those acquainted with the unchangeable 32 Coleridge and German Philosophy constitution of the human mind. And the class of people learned in these universal characteristics would be the patrons of permanent human configurations, less interested in specific interpretations and applications, more attentive to the unchangeable dispositions of faculties different ways of reading things might expose.

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