[Milton-L] Areopatigitica

mgrattan at ucsd.edu mgrattan at ucsd.edu
Fri May 26 14:32:49 EDT 2006


His phrase is "heretic in the truth", and to avoid such a pitfall of faith
one must experience a multitude of writings.

Michael Grattan

> I don't recall your exact question, but doesn't Milton
> argue that free expression is necessary for our
> individual moral development? In a fallen world, we
> know good by knowing evil, and a free press enables us
> to contemplate evil and reject it. Of course, there's
> the possibility that we might choose evil, but that's
> our own free choice and the attractions of evil are
> intended to test us by trial, and if we resist (or
> fall and learn by bitter experience), then we are
> purified of the impurity within us.
>
> Jeffery Hodges
>
> --- Mike Selby <mike at mikeselby.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi Jim:
>>
>> I can find instances where it would improve English
>> society, but not any references to the individual.
>>
>> Warmly,
>> Mike Selby>
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