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Title: The finite mind : a phenomenological study of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Author: Marshall, Tom Stuart
ISNI:       0000 0004 7966 6330
Awarding Body: Queen Mary University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis examines the philosophical writings of Samuel Taylor Coleridge through the lens of several major thinkers in the European phenomenological tradition, illustrating a considerable overlap in their arguments, methods and aims, and arguing for a retrospective consideration of Coleridge's philosophical significance as a distant forerunner to this tradition. A major part of this analysis involves an extended analysis of Coleridge's Biographia Literaria, examining numerous parallels between his conception of the imagination and Edmund Husserl's notion of intentionality: the ability for the mind to direct itself towards objects in order to meaningfully comprehend them. This connection between imagination and intentionality will then form the basis for an interpretation of Coleridge's vision of a philosophical form of poetic criticism as based on the same principles of Husserl's transcendental phenomenology: apprehending the essential features of consciousness that contribute to the constitution of subjective experience. Additionally, further parallels will also be drawn between Coleridge's thought and that of later phenomenologists such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Levinas. In connection to the former, it will be shown how Coleridge's notion of 'double touch' offers a significant analogue to Merleau-Ponty's embodied consciousness, offering a productive way of understanding the intersection between ethics and epistemology in his thought. With regards to the latter, the focus will be placed on Coleridge's incomplete theological and metaphysical work the Opus Maximum, utilising a Levinasian conceptual schema of the interplay between totality and infinity to explore themes of conscience and otherness. Overall, these various analyses frame Coleridge's philosophy as a series of interrelated attempts to articulate a systematic account of human consciousness in its relation to itself, the world, and to God, which taken together offer a valuable opportunity for reevaluating his status as a philosophical figure.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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