Contemplations of Created Things: Science in Paradise Lost Harinder Singh Marjara

ISBN: 9780802027504

Published: May 1st 1992

Hardcover

376 pages


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Contemplations of Created Things: Science in Paradise Lost  by  Harinder Singh Marjara

Contemplations of Created Things: Science in Paradise Lost by Harinder Singh Marjara
May 1st 1992 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 376 pages | ISBN: 9780802027504 | 4.74 Mb

It has long been a scholarly commonplace that Miltons scientific knowledge was outmoded, based on medieval, teleological sources. Harinder Singh Marjaras purpose in this study is to show that in writing Paradise Lost Milton was working very much within the mainstream of contemporary seventeenth-century scientific thinking- that his universe is both coherent and distinctively his own, dependent on his poetic needs, integrated with the themes and structures of his epic poem. Together the three parts of Marjaras study--the Ways of Science, the Physical Universe in Paradise Lost, and Miltons Philosophy of Nature--treat a broad band of questions at issue in the writings of a large spectrum of thinkers about science.

Milton had a host of competing ideas to draw on and to choose from in fashioning the poetic universe of Paradise Lost. His freedom, in the absence of stable paradigms, to make informed and intellectually responsible choices about the scientific material he incorporated into the poem is made abundantly clear in this study. This is a book that challenges and will modify the conventional wisdom on Miltons awareness of the scientific matters that engaged his contemporaries.



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