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The opposite of epistemology: Keatsian nescience

Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719074875
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702420 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.003.0005
The opposite of epistemology: Keatsian nescience

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This chapter discusses John Keats, who can be considered as the kind of poet who is particularly concerned with asking about what ignorance feels like, and examines the Keatsian urge towards anepistemology, or the poet's apparent desire for ignorance and his resistance to the epistemophilic drive. It determines that his poems present the concern with agnoiology that is clearly expressed in his letters, which are characteristically concerned with the states of ignorance. The chapter also shows that Keats's poetic dream of hypnological uncertainty is expressed in at least one of his letters.

Keywords: John Keats; ignorance; Keatsian urge; anepistemology; desire for ignorance; epistemophilic drive; agnoiology; states of ignorance; hypnological uncertainty

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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