"Natura Naturata: Shelley's Philosophy of the Mind in Creation"
The place of Percy Shelley’s Mont Blanc in the nineteenth-century philosophical and theological debate about creation and man’s place within it has been the subject of great critical debate. Although previous criticism (such as by Earl R. Wasserman) has assumed Shelley’s use of the terms ‘things’ and ‘human thought’ as synonymous, this essay illuminates their difference. It hopes to provide an insight into Shelley’s understanding of creation and the Creator. In Mont Blanc Shelley credits the human mind, rather than the divine creator, as the infinite source of creative power.