The Truth About Romanticism

  • Pragmatism and Idealism in Keats, Shelley, Coleridge
  • Tim Milnes
  • January 2009, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/cbo9780511730153

The Truth about Romanticism

What is it about?

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.

Why is it important?

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 J├╝rgen Habermas. Romantic pragmatism, Milnes argues, was in turn influenced by recent developments within linguistic empiricism.

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