Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Voices for Poetic Knowledge after Descartes

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This week we are covering Chapter 5: Voices for Poetic Knowledge after Descartes. Next week we will be reading Chapter 6, part 1: Poetic Knowledge and the Integrated Humanities Program (pages 145-163).


My eyes went over the second half of the chapter, but I didn’t really take anything in. So I need to go back through the chapter.

In this chapter, Taylor gives a couple examples of people after Descartes to understood poetic knowledge. One who operated a school, one scientist (Fabre), and one mathematician (that was the part of the chapter I tuned out).

I think in this chapter we are starting to see glimpses of how poetic knowledge works itself out in lives, in reality, in practice.

Digressions & Conversations

Discussion Question

What are some conditions of life we can create so that “souls can bloom”?