Platonism and the English Imagination by Anna Baldwin, Sarah Hutton

By Anna Baldwin, Sarah Hutton

This is often the 1st compendious learn of the effect of Plato at the English literary culture, exhibiting how English writers used Platonic rules and photographs inside their very own imaginitive paintings. confirmed specialists and new writers have labored jointly to provide person essays on greater than thirty English authors, together with Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Wordsworth, T. S. Eliot, Auden and Iris Murdoch; and the booklet is split chronologically, displaying how all ages has reconstructed Platonism to fit its personal knowing of the area.

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Nearly 700 years later another English monarch - Queen Elizabeth I - was to undertake the same ) Sec Roetnius. His lifo, Thoug/lt and Illjlrunce, cd. Margaret Gibson (Oxford, 198r) and Tile Medieval Boe/iliIIS. Sludies ill the Vernacular Trans/alions of De COlIsclatiOlle Pltilosophiae, cd. J. Minnis (Cambridge, (987). 6 H. Chadwick, 'I ntroduction', Beelhius, cd. Gibson, p. I I . 7 See further Boe/Mus, cd. Gibson, Pan I , ::'Ilso Henry Chadwick, BOe/ltius. The Consolations oj Music, Logic, Theola,V, and Philosophy (Oxrord, 1981, reprinled 1990).

Even in the central discussions of Fate, Fortune, Freewill and Providence major differences emerge between the attitudes of the two men. which God's providence works out its will in the temporal world. However, he parts from Boethius in his emphasis on a personal God who is very clearly the Christian God. 65-B2), Alfred, introducing the Augustinian theme of the soul yearning for God, bu t reaching Him only through contemptus mundi (contempt for the world), uses instead the image of a cartwheel.

In general, see Robin Lane Fox, Pagans and Christi(l1ls i" the Mediterranean Worldfrom the Secord Century AD /0 the Conversion oj COl/sial/tine (London, 1986). Also, Judith Herrin, The FormatioTl oj C/lrislendom (Oxford, 1987). 9 Translation of Augustine's CClifessiolfs used here: FJ. Sheed (Londoll, (944). Translations of other works of Augustine are my own. JANET CO LEMAN Origen and Plotinus and then transformed their Platonism to produce a markedly ascetic image of the Church,1O he did not think his own ideas on man and the universe that he had absorbed from Cicero and the 'Platonists' required any change.

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