Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(1772—1834) poet, critic, and philosopher
The English poet is important in the history of philosophy as one of the main conduits by which both the work of Kant and German Romanticism were introduced into England. Coleridge visited Germany in 1798 and began a period of intense study and assimilation of thinkers including Kant and Schelling. Like them, Coleridge propounded a view of individual spiritual salvation far removed from simple Enlightenment and utilitarian confidence in social engineering and material progress.