By Rovira, James; Blake, William; Kierkegaard, Søren
This learn applies Kierkegaardian nervousness to Blake's construction myths to provide an explanation for how Romantic period production narratives are a response to Enlightenment types of character
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Psychology had already achieved fledging status as an independent discipline by the time of Kierkegaard’s writing, taking its place alongside theology, ethics, and logic in Haufniensis’s introduction. According to Haufniensis, 42 Blake and Kierkegaard Man is a synthesis of the psychical and the physical; however, a synthesis is unthinkable if the two are not united in a third. That third is spirit. In innocence, man is not merely animal, for if he were at any moment of his life merely animal, he would never become man.
Science vs. Religion in the Subject’s Self-Understanding The next widely disseminated cultural tension contributing to creation anxiety is a tension between science and religion. Frye provides the best starting point for a discussion of science in Blake, whose mythological works in Frye’s reading suggest that the “value of science depends upon the mental attitude toward it, and the mental attitude of Bacon and Locke is wrong” (1969, p. 28). But we have our own barriers to overcome here as elsewhere.
One lives forever and attains pure unmediated being and knowledge” (p. 10). In this view, Blake’s critique of Newton attacks the presumption that the physical sciences are “fully disinterested, inductive, impartial, and authoritative” (Peterfreund, 1998, p. 21). Similarly, Peter Otto in Blake’s Critique of Transcendence (2000) argues that “the sublime provides the model for a wide variety of cultural practices designed to achieve transcendence” while Blake’s poetry “invokes our desire for sublime transcendence in order to reveal the suffering body that is its ground” (p.
Blake and Kierkegaard : creation and anxiety by Rovira, James; Blake, William; Kierkegaard, Søren