Rescuing the Human Spirit

  • John Beer
Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)


During the late eighteenth century signs of an intellectual disturbance began to show themselves in English culture, signified at first by little more than a few tremors, experienced within what was otherwise a firmly stable edifice established by exercise of logical reasoning. The work of Isaac Newton had been seen as having set the design of the universe into a mathematically ascertainable pattern, while John Locke had endeavoured to follow this up by seeking an equivalent ordering for the human mind, built up by organizing the sense-impressions with which the external world provided it so as to match Newton’s arrangement.


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