Coleridge's conception of the will: A philosophic and aesthetic inquiry.

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Title: Coleridge's conception of the will: A philosophic and aesthetic inquiry.
Authors: MacDonald, Jennifer.
Date: 1994
Abstract: This thesis shows that Coleridge's philosophical work is more than merely a compilation of other thinkers' ideas and more than merely a collection of fragmented or incoherent thoughts. Coleridge's work from the poetry of his early years to the theological treatises of his final days gives evidence of the progress of an intelligent, vigorous mind striving toward a unified system of thought that incorporates the diverse aspects of human art, thought and faith. This thesis explores one instance of how Coleridge's thought on human endeavors forms a coherent body by tracing the role he assigns to the will throughout his work. I have chosen the will as the vehicle through which to explore Coleridge's work, not only because it is central in his particular thought, but also because, in Coleridge's view, it is an essential power of the human mind that operates in all thought. As he himself said: "Unless... we have some distinct notion of the will and some acquaintance with the prevalent errors respecting the same... our reflections on the particular truths and evidence of a spiritual state will remain obscure, perplexed and unsafe."
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/6678
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-14962
CollectionTh├Ęses, 1910 - 2010 // Theses, 1910 - 2010
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