Milton's Socratic Rationalism: The Conversations of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost

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The conversation of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost, 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 ...

Milton's Socratic Rationalism: The Conversations of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost 2017, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD

ISBN-13: 9781498532624

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