Accession Number : ADA134184

Title :   Milton and the 'New Philosophy': An Historical-Literary Exploration of the Relationship between Science and the Humanities in the 17th Century.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1982-1983,


Personal Author(s) : Gorenflo,Mark L

PDF Url : ADA134184

Report Date : 20 Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 156

Abstract : In our present age, when science and technology advances at a rate which seriously challenges man's ability to properly incorporate these developments in his society, the relationship between the principles and objects of empirical science and those of humanistic studies has come under close and critical scrutiny. Modern society, however, is not unique in facing this dilemma. Seventeenth century England, where an empirical approach to the world was new and challenging, often saw the foundations of its social, political and religious thought under attack, both overt and subtle, by empirical thinkers and scientists, known to the world as the 'New Philosophers.' In John Milton, the author found a poet who was concerned with and sympathetic to the new scientific inquiries and methods. He incorporated empiric concerns with space and dynamics into his epic poetic works. Above all, Milton was dedicated to changing society as he found it into a new, righteous, Christian commonwealth in which empiric science, guided by the precepts of his faith and concern for the dignity of man, would play an important, though not paramount role.

Descriptors :   *History, *Physical sciences, *Humanities, Philosophy, Theory, Literature surveys

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE