Feb 29 2012
− in Blake's world, he isn't seeing the world as simply the material perception of space (geometric
logic or mathematical reason)
− his world is more about imagination rather than pure reason and logic
− Pincipia Mathematica
− he wrote out equations to show how you might understand the world and universe through
− all knowledge is derived from sense experience
− mechanical physical perception --> reaction
− limits of knowledge?
− Key figures: Rene Descartes, John Locke,
− Tractatus de Homine et de Formatione Foetus 1677
There is No Natural Religion
− one of his first illuminated books
− rejecting a rationalist view of the universe
− welcoming imaginative truths
− cover page
Gothic arch? tomb? Church door? Window?
Angels and a central figure?
Snake like swirls?
− the argument, man has no notion of moral fitness but from education. Naturally he is only a
natural organ subject to sense.
Without education you cannot be moral
we're just an organ and that is it
− if our only perception is through bodily organs we share it with animals
− the material world and the other world
− man by his reasoning power can only compare and judge of what he has already perceived
you can only see what has already happened
limiting vision of human power to understand
being held back, the physical world is stopping it
if you can only perceive with your five sense you cannot have faith
we cannot know anything beyond our im