Milton’s Areopagitica

  • H. M. Drucker


Whether or not ideologies could have appeared before the current epoch is a moot point; we know only that they began to have great impact at the same time as the collapse of the ancien régime. It is only at this point in history, when the medieval view of the world had been thoroughly discredited, when monarchy had become corrupt and impotent, when many of the best minds had forsaken religion, when the technical barriers to popular pro-pagandizing had been overcome, that some men could muster the conviction and the power to revolt and attempt to begin the world anew. Only then did ideologies emerge.


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    E. Voeglin, The New Science of Politics (Chicago, 1952) chaps. 4–5.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    R. Hooker, Ecclesiastical Polity (London, 1907) vol. 1, p. 153.Google Scholar
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    T. Hobbes, Behemoth, in Works, ed. Molesworth (London, 1860) vol. VI, pp. 215 f.Google Scholar
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    J. Gilles, The Orations of Lysias and Isocrates (London, 1778) pp. 476 f.Google Scholar
  5. Isocrates, Works (London, 1928) vol. 1, pp. ix ff.Google Scholar
  6. 5.
    G. Kennedy, The Art of Persuasion in Greece (London, 1963)Google Scholar
  7. J. Milton, Areopagitica (Oxford, 1886) p. xxx, also p. xxxi for a different reason for citing Isocrates.Google Scholar
  8. 6.
    J. Milton, A Second Defence of the English People, in W. E. Gilman, ‘Milton’s Rhetoric: Studies in his Defence of Liberty’, University of Missouri Studies, XIV, 3 (July 1939) 11.Google Scholar
  9. 7.
    Ibid., p. 13.Google Scholar
  10. 8.
    Milton, Areopagitica, p. 2.Google Scholar
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  12. 10.
    Ibid., p. 35.Google Scholar
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  14. 12.
    Ibid., p. 37.Google Scholar
  15. 13.
    Ibid., p. 50.Google Scholar
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  17. 15.
    W. R. Parker, Milton’s Contemporary Reputation (Columbus, Ohio, 1940) pp. 2, 25–6.Google Scholar

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© H. M. Drucker 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. M. Drucker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

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