Week of November 26, 2007
November 26 The Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo
"Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina" (Discoveries and Opinions 173-
William A. Wallace, "Galileo's Science and the Trial of 1633." (ER)
1.. What tactical and rhetorical steps does Galileo take to protect himself?
2. What is the relationship between philosophy and religion for Galileo?
3. How does Galileo reformulate the relative authorities of science and scripture?
4. What is his attitude toward the status of scriptural language?
5. What are the specific spheres where scriptural authority must be respected?
November 28 Milton, Paradise Lost. (WP)
book. 2 (629-1055)
summaries of the argument (bk. 1-7)
Comment upon Milton's account of creation (book VII) and his description of the
structure of Cosmos in book II (ll. 629-1055). In particular, pay attention to:
a) the place of the world
b) the notion of Chaos
c) limits (spatial limits, limits of knowledge), etc.
d) sexual images: procreation, incest, the womb, etc...
November 30 Milton, Paradise Lost (WP)
Paper 5 (1 1/2-2 pages)
Comment on the discussion between Raphael and Adam. How does Milton deal with the
New Science? Compare his strategy to others we have seen in the course.
Names/Concepts to Learn (you should be prepared to write a short paragraph on the
significance of each of these concepts for the midterm and final):
John Milton (1608-1674)