Conclusion: The Coleridgean Vocation

  • Philip Aherne


Aherne concludes by assessing how Coleridge’s influence is distinct and unique. Firstly, its ultimate aim was the cultivation of independent thought, and is largely defined by its effect on university culture in both Britain and America (and not with, say, literary reception). Secondly, his achievement also came into being through an emphasis on cultivating a way of living: he was the prototype for the progressive Christian intellectual. Lastly, it is characterized by the extensibility and versatility of his thought, which represents a truly creative paradigm, where other major thinkers appropriated Coleridge’s ideas and channelled them in directions that would have been unthinkable to Coleridge himself.


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  • Philip Aherne
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  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUK

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