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Transatlantic TranscendentalismColeridge, Emerson, and Nature$
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Samantha Harvey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748681365

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681365.001.0001

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Spirit: “An Influx of the Divine Mind”

Spirit: “An Influx of the Divine Mind”

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(p.95) Chapter 6 Spirit: “An Influx of the Divine Mind”
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Transatlantic Transcendentalism
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Samantha C. Harvey

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681365.003.0006

Chapter 6, “Spirit: ‘An Influx of the Divine Mind,’” relates the importance of a series of intuitive theological presuppositions for Coleridge and Emerson: divine revelation, creation, and evolution. These terms described three conceptions of the divine: God is pure being; God creates the material world and the human mind; and God's creation eventually ascends and returns to its divine source. Coleridge and Emerson resisted the extremes of pantheism, in which nature and spirit were fused indiscriminately, and theism, in which God was remote from his material creation, essentially forging a panentheist position, which claims that God was in all things. The transparency of the Romantic triad could then be perceived in exalted modes of perception, if only fleetingly and problematically. This emphasis upon the powers of perception – whether imaginative, philosophical, or spiritual – was central for the celebration of individual consciousness in Transatlantic Transcendentalism.

Keywords:   Coleridge, Emerson, spirit, revelation, creation, evolution, pantheism, theism, panentheism, consciousnes

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