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AscentPhilosophy and Paradise Lost$
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Tzachi Zamir

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190695088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190695088.001.0001

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At the Summit

At the Summit

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Tzachi Zamir

Oxford University Press

The book concludes by specifying the ways whereby, although at some points philosophy and religious poetry must part ways, they nevertheless profit by hosting each other. Two vocations can be mutually enriched not only by finding ways to complement each other, but by appreciating that, while overlapping in many ways, their differences are sometimes irreconcilable. Philosophy gains from enabling the poem to embody a rival paradigm of knowledge as well as a competing view of the place of knowledge in a meaningful existence. Religious poetry is deepened when it permits itself to seriously respond to philosophical questions. An argument is offered regarding why warfare (intellectual warfare) can be beneficial, and why, accordingly, a philosophical reading that preserves and even kindles this war, rather than one that hopes to pacify it, can be revealing.

Keywords:   philosophy of literature, religious poetry, contention, quarrel between philosophy and poetry, Paradise Lost

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