The Truth About Romanticism: Pragmatism and Idealism in Keats, Shelley, Coleridge by Tim MilnesThe Truth About Romanticism: Pragmatism and Idealism in Keats, Shelley, Coleridge by Tim Milnes

The Truth About Romanticism: Pragmatism and Idealism in Keats, Shelley, Coleridge

byTim Milnes

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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.

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Title:The Truth About Romanticism: Pragmatism and Idealism in Keats, Shelley, ColeridgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:July 5, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521198070

ISBN - 13:9780521198073

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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.

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"This very original, timely and deftly-written study joins a conspicuous body of critical work on British romantic literature and pragmatics....Milnes' book offers an engaging and fascinating reading of three major poets of British Romanticism."
-Annalisa Volpone,NBOL-19