Dualism and Duel-ism: Kant and the Separation of Poetry from ‘Pure’ Reason

  • John G. Fitch
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


This chapter examines the entrenched notion that poetry and science, or more generally poetry and reason, belong to different compartments of mental activity between which there is an impermeable division. It looks at formulations of this notion in the eighteenth century (especially Lessing and Kant), and at various versions of it in the twentieth century and beyond (especially I.A. Richards, Eliot, Auden, Pound and Zwicky), and argues that is based on an outmoded association of science and reason with objectivism.


Kant Pure reason I.A. Richards Modernism 


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  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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