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Coming to. Consciousness and natality in early modern England.

Author: Timothy M Harrison
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press 2021.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Coming To, Timothy M. Harrison uncovers the forgotten role of poetry in the history of the idea of consciousness. Drawing our attention to a sea change in the English seventeenth century, when, over the course of a half century, "conscience" made a sudden shift to "consciousness," he traces a line that leads from the philosophy of Rene Descartes to the poetry of John Milton, from the prenatal memories of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy M Harrison
ISBN: 9780226725093 022672509X
OCLC Number: 1242931931
Description: 328 p.
Contents: Introduction: Beginnings Part 1: Milton and the Birth of Consciousness Chapter 1: Unexperienced Thought Chapter 2: Human Nature Experienced Part 2: Traherne and the Consciousness of Birth Chapter 3: From Creation to Birth Chapter 4: In Utero Part 3: Locke and the Life of Consciousness Chapter 5: Natality and Empiricism Coda Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Timothy M. Harrison.

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In Coming To, Timothy M. Harrison uncovers the forgotten role of poetry in the history of the idea of consciousness. Drawing our attention to a sea change in the English seventeenth century, when, over the course of a half century, "conscience" made a sudden shift to "consciousness," he traces a line that leads from the philosophy of Rene Descartes to the poetry of John Milton, from the prenatal memories of theologian Thomas Traherne to the unresolved perspective on natality, consciousness, and ethics in the philosophy of John Locke. Each of these figures responded to the first-person perspective by turning to the origins of how human thought began. Taken together, as Harrison shows, this unlikely group of thinkers sheds new light on the emergence of the concept of consciousness and the significance of human natality to central questions in the fields of literature, philosophy, and the history of science.

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