By Merton Christensen
In the course of his grownup lifestyles until eventually his demise in 1834, Coleridge made entries in additional than sixty notebooks. Neither common books nor diaries, yet anything of either, they include notes on literary, theological, philosophical, medical, social, and mental issues, plans for and fragments of works, and lots of different goods of serious curiosity. This fourth double quantity of the Notebooks covers the years 1819 to 1826. the variety of Coleridge's examining, his unending wondering, and his recondite resources proceed to fascinate the reader. integrated listed here are drafts and whole models of the later poems. Many passages replicate the theological pursuits that ended in Coleridge's writing of Aids to Reflection, later to develop into an enormous resource for the transcendentalists.
one other improvement during this quantity is the startling growth of Coleridge's curiosity in 'the thought of existence' and in chemistry - the laboratory chemistry of the Royal Institute and the theoretical chemistry of German transcendentalists similar to Oken, Steffens, and Oersted.
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In the objective weakness of the magnetised patients who yield the more readily to the organic influences of another person? An interesting parallel can be drawn in this connexion between the general phenomenon of animal magnetism and the national disposition of the French as a whole; for it is characteristic of animal magnetism as one of the highest manifestations of human life, that it should reflect the true image of everything relating to the inner life of a person and a people. This much at least emerges from all the facts recorded in these Annals: that in France the animal-magnetic method of treatment depends more on the will than it does in Ger-many—which would then of course allow us to conclude a greater subjective strength on the part of the magnetisers.
Apostacy and Anastasis: Of many references see 5081 and n. tertium aliquid e Synthesi: “a third something out of the synthesis”. υis systematis solaris: “power of the solar system”. f91v Principium Individuationis: “Principle of Individuation”; see f92v above. nisus: “tendency/striving” as in Blumenbach’s nisus formativius/“Bildungstrieb”; see CN III 3744 and n; also below 4553 f47v. realize…thingify: Cf CN II 2784 and CN III 3587; Coleridge often made the point of the connexion between res “thing” and realize and also between res and reor “think”.
Materiam υitæ: “matter of life”. f89v natura naturata: “nature natured/phenomenalized”. See CN III 4397 f50v and n, also 4646, 4843, 5150 below. 1. ab intra…3. Organismus υitalis: “1. from within, 2. from without, 3. together within=1. Power of life, 2. Matter of life, 3. the vital organism”. Natura gemina…et re-creatur: “twin Nature, which is made and makes, re-creates and is re-created”; cf 4854 below. f89 ηλεκτρικο-πυροειδες: “electrico-fire-like”. 75 Zeno’s demonstrations of the non-existence of Motion …: Tennemann refers to them (I 196) as “scharfsinnig”.
The Notebooks of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Notebooks 1819-1826 by Merton Christensen