Topics/Motifs of The Tempest
We are players on a stage
Senses are sometimes deceptive
Revival of classics
Transformation of human tradition
The civilized/the savage
Reason and knowledge/ignorance
In what ways allegory appropriate for Medieval age?
Concerned with God/soul
This is beyond ability to understand, conceptions, sense experience
God’s design is within things of world
A doorway God is eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good
Interpreted the events of this world in an other-worldly light
E.g., plague – wrath of God
What is the surest way of ascertaining the truth?
Is science fallible?
Do we need an understanding of history to be good scientists?
Is scientific knowledge reliable?
Is it a threat to religion?
Ought we to pursue all avenues of scientific inquiry, or are there some things which are better
“I know that I know nothing.”
“I think, therefore I am.”
Reasoning, questioning, thinking
Soul is outside of time, space, has no mass
Hypothesis (must be testable, empirical)