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D00M
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 1:06:11 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Would you please explain the usage of "certain" in the following?


The English Romantic poets were generally concerned with the human imagination as a counter to the rise of science. The growing intellectual movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries placed scientific thought in the forefront of all knowledge, basing reality in material objects. The Romantics found this form of world view to be restrictive. The Romantics felt that imagination was essential to individual happiness because it allowed the individual to, as Wordsworth stated, "half-create" the world. The individual shapes the reality he perceives because he brings certain a priori knowledge to every experience. The imagination also provides a common human bond; it provides a means of sympathy, of identification. However, the absence of imagination, the Romantics felt, would lead people to apathy and a false sense of being. The English Romantics accepted the reality of the link between man and nature in the form of the human imagination as the basis of human understanding, rejecting the scientific world view of materialism.

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
ibj_ldn
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:45:58 PM

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Hi, Doom.
I suppose "certain" is being used as an adverb, meaning 'definitely', 'without a doubt'.

So, that part could be rewritten: "The individual shapes the reality he perceives because he brings without a doubt a priori knowledge to every experience."

Hope it helps.
BobShilling
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:20:50 PM
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