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Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography
Forbidden Knowledge From Prometheus to Pornography
Author: Roger Shattuck
An intellectual tour-de-force, Forbidden Knowledge is a study of the ethics of literary and scientific inquiry. Shattuck first approaches his subject indirectly, conducting an engaging tour of Western literature: Adam and Eve, Prometheus, Milton's Paradise Lost, Goethe's Faust, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He then uses t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312146023
ISBN-10: 0312146027
Publication Date: 8/15/1996
Pages: 384
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Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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An exploration of the meaning of moral responsibility in literature and daily life. In Shattuck's view the tragic destiny of Western culture has been to gradually erode all sacredness in a continued transgression of all limits. In the quest for knowledge and ever more rarified experience, the link between boundaries and the moral life has been broken. Shattuck hopes that we can yet recover our innocence by reexamining the greatest myths and stories of our tradition.
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