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The Truth about Romanticism
Pragmatism and Idealism in Keats, Shelley, Coleridge

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107643901

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  • How have our conceptions of truth been shaped by romantic literature? This question lies at the heart of this examination of the concept of truth both in romantic writing and in modern criticism. The romantic idea of truth has long been depicted as aesthetic, imaginative and ideal. Tim Milnes challenges this picture, demonstrating a pragmatic strain in the writing of Keats, Shelley and Coleridge in particular, that bears a close resemblance to the theories of modern pragmatist thinkers such as Donald Davidson and Jürgen Habermas. Romantic pragmatism, Milnes argues, was in turn influenced by recent developments within linguistic empiricism. This book will be of interest to readers of romantic literature, but also to philosophers, literary theorists, and intellectual historians.

    • Revisionary exploration of what constitutes truth within the literature and criticism of Romanticism
    • Interdisciplinary study combining literary criticism with contemporary philosophical theories
    • Exciting new interpretation of major romantic writers Keats, Shelley and Coleridge
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    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107643901
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the pragmatics of romantic idealism
    1. Romanticising pragmatism: dialogue and critical method
    2. Pragmatising romanticism: radical empiricism from Reid to Rorty
    3. This living Keats: truth, deixis, and correspondence
    4. An unremitting interchange: Shelley, elenchus, and the education of error
    5. The embodiment of reason: Coleridge on language, logic, and ethics
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Tim Milnes, University of Edinburgh
    Tim Milnes is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. From 1998 to 2001 he was British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University College, Oxford. He has published articles on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Jeremy Bentham, William Hazlitt, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth and Charles Lamb, and is the author of Knowledge and Indifference in English Romantic Prose (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and William Wordsworth: The Prelude (Palgrave, 2009). He is also the co-editor, with Kerry Sinanan, of Romanticism, Sincerity, and Authenticity (Palgrave, 2010) and is a consulting editor for the journal Hazlitt Studies.

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