[Milton-L] De Doctrina Christiana

Hannibal Hamlin hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 11:18:54 EST 2009

A further question that is more hermeneutic than bibliographic -- to what
extent can Paradise Lost (say) be legitimately interpreted in light of De
Doctrina?  This seems to have become common practice, for the obvious reason
that the theological positions stated in De Doctrina are considerably easier
to determine than those in PL.  But De Doctrina isn't really a handbook to
the theology of PL, is it?  If the same man wrote both works, that's
certainly interesting, but can we assume that both works express the same
ideas, or that their author was of the same mind when he wrote both works?
We might even ask about the relationship about theological ideas to the
(written) linguistic expression of them: i.e., is it possible that language
can generate ideas as much as the reverse, and even that different kinds of
writing (dramatic fictional English verse, say, as opposed to expository
Latin prose) might tend to generate different ideas?


On 1/2/09, Thomas Corns <els009 at bangor.ac.uk> wrote:
> May I suggest reading at least the last chapter of Gordon Campbell, Thomas
> N. Corns, John K. Hale, and Fiona Tweedie, JOHN MILTON AND THE MANUSCRIPT
> OF
> DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)?
> If time is more pressing, then go with Michael Bauman: yes.
> DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA is being edited for the new Oxford Complete Works of
> John Milton; John Hale is the volume editor for that volume.
> Best
> Tom Corns
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Hannibal Hamlin
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