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comfortlesse, swimming notions


plate (behind tissue?) facing page 108 (detail of google page view), showing The Dance, by Edward R. Dickson. From a Platinum Print
ex Paul Anderson, Pictorial Photography: Its Principles and Practice. (1917)
University of Michigan copy, digitized October 6, 2006

Whereas unsound knowledge is but speculative, remote, general, confused consisting in certain empty, comfortlesse, swimming notions, arising from natural or artificial abilities, not from spiritual experience.
ex Francis Roberts (1609-1675 *), A communicant instructed : or, Practical directions for worthy receiving of the Lords-Supper. The third Edition, revised and corrected by the author. London, 1659 (p101)

in which speculative knowledge (general, theoretical, "obtained by Maps and Books") is contrasted with "experimental knowledge," known "most nearly, experimentally, and particularly, according to his [one's] own spiritual sense and feeling." (p100)

discussed by Peter Harrison in "Experimental Religion and Experimental Science in Early Modern England." Intellectual History Review 21:4 (2011) : 413-433 (419)

experimental reading, 2

12 January 2014
tags: Edward R. Dickson; Francis Roberts; dance; experimental reading; pictorialism; swimming; swimmings; swimming notions