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Archive for May 2012

The Medieval Imagination, or, the Fresh Blood of the Deep Past

Posted by dsherman on 29th May 2012

Nicholas Watson from Harvard University discusses medieval concepts of the imagination, dream visions, and the desire for the past.  What's the relation between the imagination and historical knowledge?  How can medieval thought teach us something about keeping a vital relation to a past we can never know?  The mind as re-combining machine, the present as re-combined past.  Insights into how the blood of the deep past is still fresh.

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