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“The Imagination and the Unconscious”

Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

S. Foster Damon writes that for Paracelsus the imagination was “the central function of man and the source of all his activities.”* This deeply influenced Blake, who “made this unobtrusive dethronement of reason a central fact in his own system.”

Reason is only in the conscious mind, whereas imagination, “the source of all [our] activities,” is the unconscious.

So did Paracelsus and Blake prepare for Freud.

 


* A Blake Dictionary, p. 322.

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