As a scholar of Coleridge, Barfield explores significant concepts, to both Coleridge and Barfield, such as polarity, nature, life, imagination and fancy, reason, science, God, and humanity. The active, unifying force of imagination is especially notable in contrast to the passive quality of fancy and perception.
But though it is not mysticism, to reason about thinking does entail our being led inward from the product of thinking to the act itself. And this does require a certain discipline. Here is the root-cause of the charge of ‘obscurity’, which was leveled during his life, and has so often been leveled since his death, against both Coleridge himself and his philosophy.
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