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date: 23 February 2020

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Now that his textually chaotic œuvre has been edited in its entirety, Coleridge emerges as a major post-Kantian philosopher. Coleridge’s early study of Unitarian and Platonic thought together with his confrontation of Humean scepticism enabled him to rise to the principal speculative challenge of the age: that of uniting Kant’s philosophy with a practical form of Christian religion. Founding his philosophy on the distinction between Reason and Understanding, Coleridge develops a dynamic faculty psychology in which the Imagination plays a major role. His investigation of possible metaphysical bases of the Categorical Imperative asserted by Kant leads him to construct a Trinitarian scheme that provisionally accounts for the mysterious origin of evil. In this way the esoteric, fragmentary Opus Maximum represents a culmination of Coleridge’s speculations in theology and philosophy.

Keywords: Conscience, consciousness, evil, highest good, ideas (regulative and constitutive), imagination, literature and philosophy, moral law, Kant, pantheism controversy, Platonism, reason, understanding, trinity

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