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Author Harrison, Timothy M., author.

Title Coming to : consciousness and natality in early modern England / Timothy M. Harrison
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (346 pages)
Contents Introduction : Beginnings -- Milton and the birth of consciousness. Unexperienced thought ; Human nature experienced -- Traherne and the consciousness of birth. From creation to birth ; In utero -- Locke and the life of consciousness -- Natality and empiricism
Summary "In "Coming To," Timothy Harrison reminds us of 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 René 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. Harrison shows how each of these figures responded to the importance accorded the first-person perspective and their views of the origins of how human thought began. Taken together, the writings of this unlikely group of thinkers sheds new light on the emergence of the concept of consciousness and the meaning of human natality. It will be read by literary scholars, philosophers, and historians of science alike"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 23, 2020)
Subject Locke, John, 1632-1704.
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation
Traherne, Thomas, -1674 -- Criticism and interpretation
Locke, John, 1632-1704
Milton, John, 1608-1674
Traherne, Thomas, -1674
Consciousness in literature.
English poetry -- 17th century -- History and criticism
Experience in literature.
Fetus in literature.
Infant psychology -- England -- History -- 17th century
Philosophy, English -- 17th century.
Consciousness in literature
English poetry
Experience in literature
Fetus in literature
Infant psychology
Philosophy, English
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022672526X