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Spenser's Giant and the New Science

Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton

in Go Figure

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233496
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241224 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233496.003.0002
Spenser's Giant and the New Science

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New questions about the stability and intelligibility of the universe raised in the last quarter of the sixteenth century help us understand the particular form of the Giant's project and Artegall's resistance to it. Along with new ideas about the structure of the universe and behavior of matter came altered assumptions about the relationship between the appearance of the world and the causes of natural phenomena, and about how human beings can gain access to knowledge about causal reality. When the Giant and Artegall argue about whether the elements are disordered, whether unsubstantial things can be weighed, and whether unlike things can be compared, they reference specific debates ongoing among mathematicians and natural philosophers in the period.

Keywords: Spenser; Giant; Artegall; causal reality; universe; matter; natural phenomena

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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