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Coleridge’s thoughts on Newton

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Coleridge had the following to say (in a letter to Tom Poole) concerning Sir Isaac Newton (see Holmes, Coleridge: Early Visions):

My opinion is this—that deep Thinking is attainable only by a man of deep Feeling, and that all Truth is a species of Revelation.  The more I understand of Sir Isaac Newton’s works, the more boldly I dare to utter to my own mind & therefore to you, that I believe the Souls of 500 Sir Isaac Newtons would go to a making up of  a Shakespeare or a Milton . . . Newton was a mere materialist—Mind in his system is always passive—a Lazy Looker-on on an external World.  If the mind be not passive, if it be indeed made in God’s Image,  that too in the sublimest sense—the Image of the Creator—there is ground for suspicion, that any system build on the passiveness of the mind must be false, as a system.

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Written by uncudh

November 29, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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