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- DescriptionEighteenth-century Europe, preoccupied with both the origins and the defense of reason, was naturally concerned with what might be the root of all error. A topic any systematic account of kwledge must grapple with, error became a frequent point of debate in new scientific, aesthetic, and philosophical investigations. Taking John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding as his point of departure, Sng examines a number of such debates, focusing on literary and philosophical accounts of the relationship between language and thought. Rather than approaching its topic conceptually or historically, he takes on canical texts of the Enlightenment and Romanticism and engages with their rhetorical strategies. In so doing, Sng elucidates how people wrote about error and how texts claimed to produce reliable and error-free modes of kwledge. The range of authors addressed-Leibniz, Adam Smith, Coleridge, Kant, and Goethe-demonstrates the diversity and heterogeneity underlying the textual production of the age.
- Author BiographyZachary Sng is Assistant Professor of German Studies at Brown University.
- Author(s)Zachary Sng
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication20/07/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight417 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine458 mm
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