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Passion's Triumph over Reason: A History of the Moral Imagination from Spenser to Rochester

Christopher Tilmouth


This book surveys ideas of passion, reason, appetite, and self-control in English literature and moral thought from 1580 to 1680. Drawing on tragedy, poetry, moral philosophy, and sermons, the book explores how Renaissance writers transformed their understanding of the passions, re-evaluating emotion so as to make it an important constituent of ethical life rather than the enemy within which allegory had traditionally cast it as being. Part One of the book describes various ethical positions available to early modern readers, including those of Erasmus, the Stoics, and Calvin. It then explores ... More

Keywords: appetite, self-control, psychomachia, Aristotelianism, Spenser, Shakespeare, Augustinianism, Hobbes, libertinism, Rochester

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212378
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Tilmouth, author
University Lecturer in English, University of Cambridge; Fellow of Peterhouse
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