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Lands of Likeness

For a Poetics of Contemplation

An original and profound exploration of contemplation from philosopher, theologian, and poet Kevin Hart.
In Lands of Likeness, Kevin Hart develops a new hermeneutics of contemplation through a meditation on Christian thought and secular philosophy. Drawing on Kant, Schopenhauer, Coleridge, and Husserl, Hart first charts the emergence of contemplation in and beyond the Romantic era. Next, Hart shows this hermeneutic at work in poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wallace Stevens, Geoffrey Hill, and others. Delivered in its original form as the prestigious Gifford Lectures, Lands of Likeness is a revelatory meditation on contemplation for the modern world.

Table of Contents

Note on Citations and Conventions

1: From Templum to Contemplation
2: The Sabbath of the Idea
3: Hermeneutic of Contemplation
4: Contemplation with Kestrel
5: Fascination
6: Consideration
7: From Supreme Being to Supreme Fiction
8: Contemplation with Noisy Birds
9: Contemplating "the True Mystery"
10: "On Course but Destinationless"
11: Mystère and Mystique
12: "To Contemplate the Radical Soul"
Afterword: Poem as Templum


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