Friday, October 1, 2010

New book on Milton's influence on Kant

Illustration for Paradise Lost by Gustav Doré

Kant and Milton, a new book by Sanford Budick about Milton's inlfuence on Kant.

Others apart sat on a hill retired,
In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high
Of providence, foreknowledge, will and fate;
Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute,
And found no end, in wandering mazes lost.
Of good and evil much they argued then,
Of happiness and final misery,
Passion and apathy, and glory and shame,
Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy.
Yet with a pleasing sorcery, could charm
Pain for awhile, or anguish, and excite
Fallacious hope, or arm the obdured breast
With stubborn patience, as with triple steel. 
– John Milton, Paradise Lost (Book II, 557-69)

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