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Visionary Materialism in the Early Works of William Blake

The Intersection of Enthusiasm and Empiricism

  • Authors
  • Matthew J. A. Green

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Matthew J. A. Green
    Pages 1-9
  3. Matthew J. A. Green
    Pages 10-40
  4. Matthew J. A. Green
    Pages 41-70
  5. Matthew J. A. Green
    Pages 71-99
  6. Matthew J. A. Green
    Pages 100-130
  7. Matthew J. A. Green
    Pages 131-170
  8. Matthew J. A. Green
    Pages 171-190
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 191-218

About this book

Introduction

Incorporating the most recent discoveries concerning Blake's heritage and cultural context, Visionary Materialism in the Early Works of William Blake: The Intersection of Enthusiasm and Empiricism proposes a radical new reading of his early works, that sees them taking enlightenment ideas to heights never dreamed of by Locke and Priestley. Drawing on a careful analysis of key figures from both sides of the enlightenment/counter-enlightenment divide (including Boehme, Swedenborg, the Moravians, Lavater, Brothers, Erasmus Darwin), the discussion traces an alternative tradition that disrupts previous assumptions about important aspects of Blake's thought.

Keywords

Age of Enlightenment Charles Darwin drawing empiricism enlightenment Erasmus of Rotterdam experience freedom god John Locke liberty Materialism nation Tradition William Blake

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