The Resource Blake's buildings : poetry and the reshaping of epistemology, by Clint Stevens

Blake's buildings : poetry and the reshaping of epistemology, by Clint Stevens

Label
Blake's buildings : poetry and the reshaping of epistemology
Title
Blake's buildings
Title remainder
poetry and the reshaping of epistemology
Statement of responsibility
by Clint Stevens
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This study situates Blake within the epistemological crisis that signaled the end of the Enlightenment. During this time, a number of thinkers in Germany and England realized that an adequate theory of representation needed to include reflexivity: awareness of how our thinking shapes the objects perceived. Reflexivity in turn led to the argument that reality doesn't stand ready-made waiting for its interpreter. Instead, reality is composed by a dialogic interchange between multiple perceivers and their objects. Thus one of my main arguments is that Blake contrasts two modes of conceiving thought. The first sees thought standing before an independent and ultimately inscrutable reality that it strives to interpret. The second, represented by the figure of Jerusalem, represents thought as an activity that transforms the shape of reality by its performance---sending forth arrows of intellect and love to enlighten and transform the dim chaos on all sides around. By developing this and other related ways of representing thought, I demonstrate an emerging pluralism in Blake and that the nemesis of Blake's project is not false belief but self-righteousness---the belief that we have (or can have) access to the one true form of reality, which legitimates our desire to destroy or silence other worldviews in the name of truth. Blake's ideal is humane discourse, not truth. In this way, Blake can be read as a forerunner of a number of pragmatic and pluralistic writers including Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James and, more recently, Richard Rorty
Cataloging source
MUU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stevens, Clint
Degree
Ph.D.
Dissertation year
2009.
Granting institution
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR4148.P5
LC item number
.S84 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Blake, William
  • Blake, William
  • Philosophy, Modern
  • English poetry
  • English literature
Label
Blake's buildings : poetry and the reshaping of epistemology, by Clint Stevens
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Typescript
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 246-258)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
631763276
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
xii, 261 leaves
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
System control number
(OCoLC)631763276
Label
Blake's buildings : poetry and the reshaping of epistemology, by Clint Stevens
Publication
Note
  • Typescript
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 246-258)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
631763276
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
xii, 261 leaves
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
System control number
(OCoLC)631763276

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