Poetry Realized in Nature: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Early Nineteenth-Century Science

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Cambridge University Press, 08.08.2002 - 288 Seiten
Poetry Realized in Nature shows Coleridge's method at work and, more generally, explores German philosophical science, Naturphilosophie, and the relations between science and romantic thought. It combines a biographical approach with intellectual history, reconstructing Coleridge's imaginative enterprise across the whole range of the physical and life sciences. Coleridge strove for coherence in all realms of thought, and so the ways in which he explored scientific ideas illuminate all aspects of his inquiring spirit. He sought self-knowledge, which required a knowledge of man and mind in relation to nature and God. There was, accordingly, an intimate relationship between his theology and philosophy, and his ideas about the natural world. Science functioned as a touchstone in his philosophy, thus indirectly reinforcing his theology. The ideas he derived from science also bore directly on his critical doctrines, including the theory of imagination.
 

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Inhalt

From Hartley to Davy
9
to Germany
16
chemistry and metaphor
28
Coleridges
36
The composition of the Essay on Scrofula
42
The Society for Animal Chemistry
52
Coleridge Natural Philosophy and
58
Naturphilosophie and the life of nature
64
The world before animal life
137
General physics
146
Sound
156
The Inward Powers of Matter
159
Geology chemistry and the life of nature
166
Atoms and elements
171
transmutation
179
Affinity and combination
185

dynamism versus
71
Toward a new dynamism in science
79
Experiment ideas and the prudens quaestio
91
Law cause theory
98
Powers and polarity
108
The compass of nature
114
Genesis Cosmology
122
Philosophical and Mosaic cosmogony
129
Chemistry become vital
191
animality in vegetation
198
Organization
205
instinct teleology and types
212
Conclusion
219
Index
265
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