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Ascent: Philosophy and Paradise Lost

Tzachi Zamir


Paradise Lost has never received a substantial, book-length reading by a philosopher. This should surprise no one. Milton associated philosophy with deceit in his theological writings, and made philosophizing one of the activities of fallen angels in hell. This book argues that Milton’s disdain for philosophers’ vocation should not prevent them from turning an inquisitive eye to Milton’s greatest poem. Because it examines puzzles that intrigue philosophers, instead of neatly breaking from philosophy, it maintains a penetrating rapport with it. Paradise Lost sets forth bold claims regarding the ... More

Keywords: Paradise Lost, aesthetics, gratitude, Milton, philosophy, vitality, knowledge, sin, literature, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190695088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190695088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tzachi Zamir, author
Professor, Department of English and Department of Comparative Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem