Coleridge's Omniana Essay

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This text is an extract of S.T Coleridge Omniana. It is divided into three parts : Rationalism is not reason, Inconsistency and Hope in the humanity. This text shows a break from the empiric tradition of the time and gives us a criticism of the whole philosophy of empirism and utilitarism. In a first part, we shall see Coleridge’s criticism of this philosophy and in a second part; we shall see Coleridge’s feeling of loss. In the first part of this text: Rationalism is not reason, Coleridge gives us a vehement criticism of Locke’s philosophy and more generally of the empiric and utilitarist philosophy. Coleridge does that on several different fronts. Firstly, for Coleridge, there is no such thing as “rational religion”. In the empiric philosophy, God is just a possibility, one can never be sure he exists or not. For Coleridge, this is impossible because religion entails something spiritual, something deeper than just rationalism. In Coleridge’s opinion the idea to rationalize something that de facto cannot be rationalized (because of its spiritual quality) is preposterous. There is a transcendent and spiritual link with God that has nothing to do with rationalism and it would be bringing down the very foundations of religion to think so. Then Coleridge tackles head on the issue of language. According to him there should be a part of mystery in the things. This is also an unveiled criticism of Locke. For Coleridge, there aren’t just primary or secondary qualities but there is also a part of unknown in the things. The language that defined the abstract idea is, for Coleridge, part of nature and thus submitted to this spiritual link that binds God, nature and human being. A spiritual part that cannot be reached and that should remain unknown in order to preserve this transcendent link between the world of divine and the world of men. This is a clear criticism of

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