Category Archives: Enlightenment

Beyond Urizen: Breaking the “Philosophy of Five Senses”

Urizen’s tears at the end of “Asia” in The Song of Los are the result of his failure to preserve his strict, limiting dominion on the world, rather than remorse for his actions. To maintain the laws that bind humans to reason, he bestows a “Philosophy of Five Senses… into the hands of Newton & […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context: Isaac Newton

(Image from Wikipedia) Isaac Newton (December 25, 1642 – March 20, 1727) was a born a poor Englishman who attended Trinity College in Cambridge in order to try and improve his socioeconomic standing. He gained an interest in the world around him after witnessing an apple drop from a tree to the ground. At that […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Objectivity and the Persona of the Artist

One of the recurrent images considered in Daston and Galison’s book Objectivity is that of the artist in contrast with the scientist. The most extensive discussion of this relation comes in chapter two, where generally in the eighteenth century, “t… Continue reading

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