By Richard Eldridge
The essays during this quantity discover the ways that conventional philosophical difficulties approximately self-knowledge, self-identity, and cost have migrated into literature because the Romantic and Idealist sessions. In a wide-ranging serious and philosophical dialogue, the participants provide a philosophical realizing of the roots and nature of latest literary and philosophical perform, and tricky robust and influential, yet hardly ever decisively articulated, conceptions of the human topic and of price.
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As the promise of the French revolution collapses into terror, however, Coleridge and Wordsworth find themselves forced to reconsider both their conceptions of themselves and their senses of the nature of the human subject generally. Direct political action by individuals, alone or massed, based on their representations of the world no longer seems a promising route toward freedom. But withdrawal from all action seems to acquiesce in the rule of the powers that be and to forego any sense of oneself as a self-forming subject, potentially effective in historical time.
Johnston characterizes the strategy at which Coleridge and Wordsworth then arrive - that of becoming a poet "radically": that is, with a new sense of oneself, one's commitments, complicities, and interests - as involving first bearing a sense of guilt and second trying to define oneself as one who goes on nonetheless in bearing that sense, principally by writing it out so that others may find themselves in it. ) Their writing involves not the purveying of a doctrine, but rather "efforts at self-definition" of how one can be both guilty (for one's impotences) and yet an affirmative human subject.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, "A Defence of Poetry," in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 2, 3rd. , ed. Abrams et al. (New York: W. W. , 1974), p. 632. Christine Battersby, Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics (London: The Women's Press Limited, 1989). Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy, The Literary Absolute, pp. 36, 83,112. /bid, p. 84. 33 Confession and forgiveness: Hegel's poetics of action J. M. BERNSTEIN CONSCIENCE: BETWEEN IRONY AND LIBERAL COMMUNITY hi writing a "phenomenology" portraying the fundamental forms or shapes of human consciousness, tracing them through their internal struggles and eventual self-generated dissolutions, Hegel must be construed as intending his philosophy to depart from the foundational, deductive, and naturalistic ambitions that constitute modern philosophy.
Beyond Representation: Philosophy and Poetic Imagination (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts) by Richard Eldridge