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Self-Annihilation of the Material Constructs and the Reconnection with Nature

Through examining the concluding illustration in William Blake’s Milton, I argue that the role of humans in the Last Judgement is the self-annihilation of the material self, and a reconnection with nature. The illustration demonstrates three abnormal human figures that represent the reconnection with nature. The figures on the left and right are resemblant of […] Continue reading

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Light – Beyond the Shadow

  Plato believed that our senses could not be trusted to reveal the truth of the Universe. He argued that the world around us was an imperfect representation of the ideal world, our perception put before us by our faculties – simply shadows cast from imperceptible forms. Cognizance of truth was achievable only by means … Continue reading Light – Beyond the Shadow Continue reading Continue reading

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We are Roses with Thorns

The Lilly The Modest Rose puts forth a thorn: The humble Sheep, a threatening horn: While the Lilly white, shall in Love delight Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright. “The Lilly” in Songs of Experience, a poem so short yet it encapsulates one of the biggest themes within Blake’s collection of […] Continue reading

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There are no rules to the genius

Sir Joshua Reynolds argues in Discourse III, “could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius” (44). Which is to say that there is an unnatural, innate power of “taste” and “genius” that cannot be taught–or shouldn’t. That seems to debunk the whole idea of mentor and mentee relationships, […] Continue reading

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Thinking Outside the Box (of Imitation and Nature)

One of the things I have loved the most about Blake in my first few days of encountering his work is the constant not only opportunity, but obligation he offers his readers for interpretation. Moreover, it is not enough for Blake to simply force you to consider and offer possible interpretations of his works; he […] Continue reading

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Contrucido ergo sum

“I cut, therefore I am.” A play-on words of the famous phrase “Cogito Ergo Sum,” and an appropriate one for the continued discussion of test-tube food. This time, Killian C. Quigley draws sources from Donna Haraway’s Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan©_Meets_Oncomouse™ and Tim Hayward’s “Would you eat lab-grown meat?” in order to illustrate how the question of how our […] Continue reading

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We Can Build Panda Burgers: A. melanoleuca, Simulacrum

Hailsham’s system of rearing clones to be used as organ transplant donors evokes strong imagery of agricultural and livestock-raising practices, Killian C. Quigley notes. But the methodology and implementation of the system, including the non-clone citizens’ attitude towards the clones, is something entirely non-organic. In his post, Quigley compares the system of organ donation to […] Continue reading

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Bernhard Siegfried Albinus and Brian Jacques

In the following blog post, Killian C. Quigley discusses Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison’s Objectivity in conjunction with personal and societal perceptions of “nature.” The author gives a anecdotal story about how the books he read as a child influenced his contemporary view on nature, and relates it to Daston and Galison’s theories of “truth-to-nature,” […] Continue reading

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