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Habermas Goes to Hell: Pleasure, Public Reason and the Republicanism of <i>Paradise Lost</i>

James Kuzner

in Open Subjects

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642533
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651580 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642533.003.0006
Habermas Goes to Hell: Pleasure, Public Reason and the Republicanism of Paradise Lost

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This chapter explains how Paradise Lost visualizes spaces for critical, yet susceptible, subjects. This is demonstrated using the lens of public sphere theory, especially that of Cicero, Jürgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, and John Milton. The chapter discusses Paradise Lost in late Foucaultian terms. It also argues that Milton's portrayals of Paradise and Pandemonium find value in coupling rational argument and sensual embrace, in the transitory world created by vulnerable subjects within the space of conversation, and in the pleasures of public argument.

Keywords: Paradise Lost; public sphere theory; Foucaultian terms; rational argument; sensual embrace; conversation; public argument

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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