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Cambridge Studies in Romanticism: Series Number 55

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Cambridge Studies in Romanticism: Series Number 55 by Tim Milnes
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This ambitious study sheds new light on the way in which the English Romantics dealt with the basic problems of knowledge, particularly as they inherited them from the philosopher David Hume. Kant complained that the failure of philosophy in the eighteenth-century to answer empirical scepticism had produced a culture of 'indifferentism'. Tim Milnes explores the way in which Romantic writers extended this epistemic indifference through their resistance to argumentation, and finds that it exists in a perpetual state of tension with a compulsion to know. This tension is most clearly evident in the prose writing of the period, in works such as Wordsworth's Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Hazlitt's Essay on the Principles of Human Action, and Coleridge's Biographia Literaria. Milnes argues that it is in their oscillation between knowledge and indifference that the Romantics prefigure the ambivalent negotiations of modern post-analytic philosophy.

Author Biography

Tim Milnes is lecturer in English at the University of Edinburgh. He has published articles in Journal of the History of Ideas, Comparative Literature, Studies in Romanticism and European Romantic Review.
Release date NZ
February 27th, 2003
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
292
Dimensions
152x229x21
ISBN-13
9780521810982
Product ID
1772075

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