Sunday, September 15, 2013

The happy life seems barred to the man who has no part in learning.

***So, I blogged about the reading questions instead of looking at the actual prompts for the blog post. More coming. Hang on.

The first similarity I found between the two articles:

          In Milton's "Of Education" he talks about the end aims of learning: to help them to contemplate on moral good and evil and to "repair the ruins of our first parents."
          "Prolusions 7" talks about how learning cannot lead to happiness if we don't take into account our eternal life. "The more deeply we delve into the wondrous wisdom, the marvelous skill, and the astounding variety of it's creation (we we cannot do without the aid of learning), the greater grows the wonder and awe we feel for it's Creator and the louder the praises we offer him." He considered learning without virtue to be far more harmful than virtue without learning.

The second similarity:

          I found humanist teaching techniques in "Of Education" as well as in "Prolusions 7". Milton feels that a more relaxed, but still avid, learning environment, is the key to gain a lasting and useful education. Too much information at once or in the wrong order can be a danger: "The very abundance of material is a drawback, and the multiplicity of subjects narrows and confines the swelling stream of eloquence. I am now suffering from this excess of material."

          So we've got a pretty similar topic, but two different articles. The main difference between the two is that "Of Education" talks about the details of a good education; "Prolusions 7" reveals the benefits and reasons behind the specific learning plan.

1 comment:

  1. These parallels are quite interesting, I think it shows some of MIlton's interests and beliefs. Your explanation of "Of Education" was very helpful!