By Anya Taylor
'This is a crucial and illuminating assortment, even though, that may in basic terms were assembled through a formidably discovered scholar.' - N. Fruman, selection From Coleridge's immense writings this publication assembles excerpts from Coleridge's inquiries into the workings of realization and the soul; man's evolution and divergence from animals; the types of human weak point and evil and the production of tradition and trust subscribe to to signify an underlying coherence in Coleridge's interdisciplinary concept. The editor has prepared fabric from an collection of private and non-private writings, and has supplied linking observation to the texts and notes. This quantity follows John Morrow's quantity, the 1st within the sequence, On Politics and Society (1990).
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Aware that the early Greeks had kept in suspension a fluctuating variety of terms for mind, soul and spirit - located in various areas of the body- and perceiving that the stud~ of subjectivity (sparked to some extent by the otherwise dangerous Hume) was still in its infancy, Coleridge was eager to keep available as many various names for powers of mind as possible, even if their spheres of operation might seem at times to overlap. Along a spectrum of 'intervening sympathies'9 between matter and mind, he made subtle distinctions among terms such as consciousness, self, I, 16 Enquiries into the Nature of Man 17 agent, subject, person, spirit and soul, with the first six governing various aspects of temporal awareness, integrity and action, while spirit and soul described a disembodied, non-individual, progressive continuity beyond physical activity and existence.
At its best that method is a precise, open, attentive process of discovery and self-correction, not blinded by preconceptions. Coleridge does far more than add epigraphs or judgements on the quality of human nature; he lives his quest. His teasing out of layers of continuous being and discontinuous vision in his own consciousness makes him a founding psychologist. He is empirical, despite his anger at mere empiricism. '25 In his notebooks and letters he explored this consciousness as none of his predecessors had done, testing on his pulses their generalities against his own.
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