Infinity, Faith, and Time: Christian Humanism and Renaissance Literature
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 26. 11. 1997 - Počet stran: 200
In Part 1 Hill examines the effect of the idea of spatial infinity on seventeenth-century literature, arguing that the metaphysical cosmology of Nicholas of Cusa provided Renaissance writers, such as Pascal, Traherne, and Milton, with a way to construe the vastness of space as the symbol of human spiritual potential. Focusing on time in Part 2, Hill reveals that, faced with the inexorability of time, Christian humanists turned to St Augustine to develop a philosophy that interpreted temporal passage as the necessary condition of experience without making it the essence or ultimate measure of human purpose. Hill's analysis centres on Shakespeare, whose experiments with the shapes of time comprise a gallery of heuristic time-centred fictions that attempt to explain the consequences of human existence in time. Infinity, Faith, and Time reveals that the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were a period during which individuals were able, with more success than in later times, to make room for new ideas without rejecting old beliefs.
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PART ONE THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE
Fides Quxrens Intellectum
The Aristotelian Cosmos
Nicholas of Cusa and the New Astronomy
Rational Spirituality and Empirical Rationalism
Pascal Traherne Milton
PART TWO TIME
Chronos and Kairos
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Adam Anglican argues Aristotelian Aristotle astronomy Augustine Augustine's Augustinian believe Bergson centre Christ Christian Christian Humanism Clement Clement of Alexandria conception consciousness cosmology cosmos creation Creator Cusa4 Cusanus Cusanus's death distentio animi divine doctrine duration earth eschatology eternity existence expectatio experience finite future Gnostic God's grace Greek hand hath heaven Holy human humanist idea imagination individual infinite intuition kairos knowledge living Macbeth man's metaphysical methexis Milton mind modern motion mystery nature Nicholas of Cusa Paradise Lost paradox Pascal past Pensees philosophy physical plays Plotinus poem present prevenient grace providential Puritan reality religion Renaissance literature revealed salvation secular sense Shakespeare sola fide sonnet soteriology soul space spatial infinity sphere Stromateis symbol teleology temporal tempus thee theme theology things thir thou thought tion tradition Traherne transcendent Troilus and Cressida truth understanding unfolding universe vision Winter's Tale words