Milton's Socratic Rationalism

The Conversations of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost
 
 
Lexington Books; Politics, Literature, & Film (Verlag)
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<span><span>The conversation of Adam and Eve in </span><span style="font-style:italic;">Paradise Lost, </span><span>that most obvious of Milton's additions to the Biblical narrative, enacts the pair's inquiry into and discovery of the gift of their rational nature in a mode of discourse closely aligned to practices of Socrates in the dialogues of Plato and eponymous discourses of Xenophon. Adam and Eve both begin their life "much wondering where\ And what I was, whence thither brought and how." Their conjoint discoveries of each other's and their own nature in this talk Milton arranges for a in dialectical counterpoise to his persona's expressed task "to justify the ways of God to men." Like Xenophon's Socrates in the </span><span style="font-style:italic;">Memorabilia</span><span>, Milton's persona indites those "ways of God" in terms most agreeable to his audience of "men"--notions Aristotle calls "generally accepted opinions." Thus for Milton's "fit audience" </span><span style="font-style:italic;">Paradise Lost </span><span>will</span><span style="font-style:italic;"> </span><span>present two ways--that address congenial to men </span><span style="font-style:italic;">per se</span><span>, and a fit discourse attuned to their very own rational faculties--to understand "the ways of God to men." The interrogation of each way by its counterpart among the distinct audiences is the "great Argument" of the poem.</span></span>
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By David Oliver Davies
  • Cover
  • Miltonâ??s Socratic Rationalism
  • Miltonâ??s Socratic Rationalism
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • SOCRATIC RATIONALISM AND THE PROBLEM OF AUDIENCENo
  • AN EXCURSUS ON THE â??DIFFICULTIESâ?? IN THE CRITICISMThat
  • GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXEDA
  • NOTES
  • Chapter 1
  • Preliminaries
  • AN ARGUMENT IN THE POEMThe
  • AN ARGUMENT IN
  • SOME DOUBTFUL MATTERS IN
  • AN ARGUMENT FOR
  • TWO LEARNED FRIENDSIn
  • DISCERNING A REASON IN RHYMING VERSESRather
  • A METHOD OF INQUIRY IN XENOPHONâ??S
  • 4.6But
  • THE VIRTUES OF A SOCRATIC RATIONALISM IN
  • NOTES1.
  • Chapter 2
  • Prologue
  • NOTES1.
  • Chapter 3
  • Eveâ??s First Words
  • THE NARRATIVEâ??
  • â??UNDER A PLATANâ??
  • SOCRATIC SELF-KNOWLEDGEAt
  • OVIDâ??S PARODY AND MILTONâ??S PLATONIC TRANSLATIONâ??
  • â??AND WISDOM, WHICH ALONE IS TRULY FAIRâ?? (4.491)
  • NOTES1.
  • Chapter 4
  • An Interlude
  • â??WITH THEE CONVERSING, I FORGET ALL TIME,â?? (4.639)
  • â??HIS OWN WORKS AND THEIR WORKS AT ONCE TO VIEWâ?? (3.59)
  • ADAM: â??NOR THINK, THOUGH MEN WERE NONE . . .â?? (4.675)
  • NARRATIVE PRESENCE: â??ALL THINGS TO MANâ??S DELIGHTFUL USEâ?? (4.692)
  • â??THE END\OF ALL YET DONEâ?? (7.505â??506)
  • ADAM: â??SOMETHING YET OF DOUBT REMAINS . . .â?? (8.13)
  • NOTES1.
  • Chapter 5
  • Becoming Dear
  • NATUREClose
  • AND AQUINAS: ON PROVIDENCE AND THE GIFT OF NATURE
  • â??MY SUDDEN APPREHENSIONâ??
  • PROVIDENCEAugustine
  • LEARNING â??BY CONVERSATION WITH HIS LIKEâ??
  • DREAMINGIn
  • DESIRINGAdamâ??s
  • JUDGING â??PECULIAR GRACESâ?? (5.15)
  • â??JOINING AND DISJOININGâ?? (5.106)
  • NOTES1.
  • Chapter 6
  • â??No More of Talkâ?? (9.1)
  • â??[THEIR] HAPPY STATEâ?? (5.234)
  • AN EXCURSUS: â??THE SHADY SPACES OF PHILOSOPHYâ??
  • â??HAPPY THOUGH THOU ART\ HAPPIER THOU MAYâ??ST BEâ?? (5.75â??76)
  • AN AFTERWORDThe
  • NOTES1.
  • Appendix A
  • NOTE
  • Appendix B
  • Appendix C
  • Works Cited
  • SCRIPTURAL TEXTS
  • WORKS IN GREEK AND LATIN
  • COMMENTARY AND CRITICISM
  • Index
  • About the Author

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