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Cosmology and Natural Theology in Edgar Allan Poe's Eureka

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Contrary to some literary classifications, Edgar Allan Poe’s book-length prose poem Eureka is not intended to be fiction. In Eureka Poe was seriously attempting to advance ‘truth’ about the universe. Poe was doing natural science and poetry in the tradition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and other natural philosophers. Poe’s prose poem is natural scientific astronomy and cosmology, plus natural theology, not science fiction.

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poetry, science fiction, cosmology, natural philosophy, natural science, natural theology


Astrophysics and Astronomy | Cosmology, Relativity, and Gravity | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Intellectual History | Modern Literature | Philosophy of Science | Poetry | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Stars, Interstellar Medium and the Galaxy

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Word 97-2003 document, File name: Edgar Allan Poe - Cosmology and Natural Theology - [28 January 2017 revision of 5 Dec 2015 document - twalker at smu dot edu]

Title: "Edgar Allan Poe’s Cosmology and Natural Theology: A Constructive Postmodern Appreciation"


This 28 January 2017 document is a lightly revised version of my 5 December 2015 essay first posted online at via The Eureka Project in May 2016. The Eureka Project is now inactive. Essay no longer online.