Bulletin of the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations Volume 26

Bulletin of the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations Volume 26

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...of Thoma: Dibdin (l:247). '1 Paul, William Godwin, Hi: Friend: and Cantzmpomrin (1:15, 68, 90, 311-2). " Hazlitt, Collected Works (42233) in "The Spirit of the Age." 7' Diary (12327). Cf. also Hazlitt, Collected Works (122275). '" Hazlitt, Collected Works (12:275). As for Coleridge--who varred against the prevailing skepticism, and therefore against Holcroft--Hazlitt judged him too impetuous in his attitude toward Holcroft." The two disagreed on so many points and both wanted to talk so much that trouble was to be expected--and mutual dislike as well. Coleridge. in a quite superior fashion, despised Holcroft's atheism, and especially the inculcation of it in his children. The story is told of a violent dispute between them on Kant, in which Coleridge accused Holcroft of ignorance. and Holcroft indignantly replied that he had read the Critique of Pure Reason in the original. Coleridge answered that he was reminded of a woodcutter's daughter in the Hartz mountains, who had found him with a book in his hand and exclaimed in astonishment: "What! You read Kant? Why, we that are German born read him and do not understand him." Yet even more interesting than the general conception of Coleridge and Holcroft struggling for the soul of Godwin," are the details of the first meeting of these two fiery disputants. Joseph Cottle tells of itz" Mr. Coleridge now changed the subject and spoke of Holcroft; who, he said, was a man of but small powers, with superficial rather than solid talents, and possessing principles of the most horrible description; a man who at the very moment he denied the existence of the Deity, in his heart believed and trembled. He said that Holcroft and other atheists, ...show more

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