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December 06, 2004

The Sixth Day of Christmas: Alexander Pope

Every year I send out with my Christmas cards a list of good things I have come across during the year. I'll post these one by one here.

6. Essay on Man, Alexander Pope, 1744. Philosophy in poetry. Man is "Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled: The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!"

I've been quoting Pope for some time. See "Man's Moral Predicament: Pope's Essay on Man, Posner on Liberal Education" and"For this plain reason, man is not a fly"; Pope and Brains and "Man: Why formed so weak, so little, and so blind?" and "Knowing about God"

Posted by erasmuse at December 6, 2004 10:39 AM

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