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Spiritual HistoryA Reading of William Blake's Vala or The Four Zoas$
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Andrew Lincoln

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183143.001.0001

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The Human Abstract

The Human Abstract

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Spiritual History

Andrew Lincoln

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the natural development of reason which gained prestige from the rise of science and which becomes the judge and guide of people. In this chapter, the focus is on Blake's approach on the triumph of reasons by considering some of aspects of the relationship between science, religion, and social theory that was prevalent in the 17th and `8th centuries. In this chapter, Blake's mythical version between reason and prophecy is carefully analyzed and examined.

Keywords:   development of reason, reasons, science, religion, prophecy

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