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The Spirits of Satire: Kant and Blake Read Emanuel Swedenborg

Speaker:  Allen Dunn, Department of English

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a scientist and mystic whose religious writings attracted a large following in the late 18th century.  Both Immanuel Kant and William Blake wrote satires of Swedenborg's work, and these satires proved to be pivotal in the careers of both the philosopher and the poet.  This paper examines how these satires reflect changes in basic assumptions about the nature and source of human knowledge and how both elevate the importance of the artistic imagination in ways that anticipate modern theories of art.

Organization:  Committee on Social Theory (in formation)

 

Where

Hodges Library Room 212


, TN

When

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013

Who to contact

Contact:

Harry F. Dahms

Phone: (865) 974-7028
Website: Click to Visit

Cost:

Free