AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 2, Number 3. August 2018 Pp.31- 42
Department of Languages and Translation
Taibah University, Saudi Arabia
Both Immanuel Kant (1724- 1804) and John Locke (1632-1704) have transformed the thought and ideology of almost all walks of life ( culture, literature, science, politics, and philosophy) in the eighteenth, nineteenth centuries and beyond. This paper explores the impact of their philosophy on the Romantics’ poetry. Thus, the paper argues that the Romantics Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats had refuted John Locke’s Tabula Rasa and adapted Kant’s faculty of intuition to create their poetry. Adapting Kant’s faculty of intuition in the Critique of Pure Reason (1781), a new theory of knowledge, the Romantics denounced Locke’s tabula rasa in Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690). Unlike Locke, Kant treats the mind as active organ. For this reason the Romantics took up Kant’s theory and left behind Locke’s tabula rasa. This paper (a study) aims to find where Locke’s tabula rasa and Kant’s intuition converge and diverge. The study provides a historical and theoretical background of these philosophies and their impact on the Romantics under study. Thus, it paves the way for further investigation for those who are concerned to tackle any angle of the study.
Zaiter, W. A. (2018). The Impact of John Locke’s Tabula Rasa and Kant’s faculty of intuition on the Poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats: Implications and Applications. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 2 (3).
Dr. Walid Zaiter is assistant professor of English Literature at Taibah University, Saudi-Arabia.
He is in process of publishing some articles in different international journals. His research interests
are poetry, drama, fiction, philosophy and language teaching. He likes to attend and participate in
language, literature and science conferences.