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Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus To Pornography

Shattuck, Roger

ISBN 10: 0312146027 / ISBN 13: 9780312146023
Published by St. Martin's Press, 1996
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0312146027 Back cover blurbs by Bellow, Bloom, & Denis Doinoghue. Advance Review Copy in wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 007897

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Title: Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus To ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Issued without a dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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An examination of the meaning of moral responsibility in literature and our everyday lives suggests that we live in a violated world that dismisses taboos. BOMC & History Alt. Reader's Subscription Main. First serial, The New York Times Book Review.

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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 these tales to address the moral questions raised by mankind's tendency to search for dangerous knowledge. He contrasts J. Robert Oppenheimer's acceptance of guilt for the atomic bombings with Edward Teller's dismissal of the same. In his own field of literary criticism he argues against the neutral analysis of immoral works as "pure literature," illustrating his point with a critique of the Marquis de Sade. Forbidden Knowledge is a stimulating and forceful intellectual argument against moral relativism, as well as a practical approach to difficult ethical problems, from genetic engineering to pornography.

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