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Blake, Democritus, and the ‘Fluxions of the Atom’: Some Contexts for Materialist Critiques

  • Mary Lynn Johnson

Abstract

Blake the intemperate antimaterialist is a sitting duck for au courant projects with ‘historicizing’ in the title. But too often the living critic, in exposing the timebound and material underpinning of a dead poet’s achievement, fails to acknowledge what John Dunn has called the ‘arrogance of ideological explanation’, or ‘the claim to understand another’s thinking more deeply than he does himself, without being in a position to provide true descriptions of almost any of it’.1

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Eighteenth Century Materialist Philosophy Classical Atomism Primordial Atom Sandy Particle 
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