Polite Wisdom: Heathen Rhetoric in Milton's Areopagitica
Through a careful and lively analysis of censorship in the Areopagitica, Paul M. Dowling challenges prevailing views of Milton as a Puritan and grapples with a perennial political issue: censorship. In addition to refuting traditional interpretations of Milton, Dowling's reading of the Areopagitica questions the currently fashionable assumption that thinkers unconsciously reflect the tenor of their times. Polite Wisdom will be of interest of political philosophers as well as scholars and students of English literature.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Shrewd Frontispieces To the Parliament of England
Use or Abuse of History
The Christian Authorities
The Insufficiency of Licensing
The Harm of Licensing
Digression on the Nation
Other editions - View all
Allan Bloom ambiguous ancient Areopagitica argues argument Aristotle Athenian Athens audience Barker beginning Bible biblical Cave of Mammon censor censorship Chris Christ Church citizens civil Commonwealth context contrast critics Critolaus democracy democratic dialogue digression discourse discussion early Christians emphasis added England English evil faith Francis Bacon freedom Greek Guyon harm hath Heathen historicist human Inquisition Isocrates John Milton knowledge laws learned libellous liberal liberty Licensing Order London Long Parliament Macaulay manner means ment Milton claims Milton says Milton writes Miltonists nation Nicomachean Ethics oration pagan Parliament of England passage philosophic Plato poet poet's political praise prohibited prose Puritan R. C. Jebb readers reading recreations religion religious rhetoric Robert Filmer Roman Rome Sarpi sectarians seems Sirluck Socrates speaking speech Spenser's Stanley Fish suggests teaching temperance things Thomas Babington Macaulay thought tian tion Toland toleration trans truth University Press virtue wisdom words