Lecture Notes for 03.04.10 How do we account for the unusually frank discussion of sexuality? In making gunpowder, Satan is stripping the foame if its ethereal nature. The Son's alternative method is more than just thunderbolts and lightning, because their spirits and vigors are drained. Spirit and patter - science and politics, bloodlines, metaphysics, etc. Fall into chaos is noisy, frightful, intellectually confusion, political anarchy. 6.855 - Why doesn't he just destroy them? "Sufficient to have stood though free to fall." Book 7. Loneliness of poet, book 8 Adam is lonely. Milton describes ideal body politic. What does it mean, "let there be ..."? Self generated earth, but done at the command of God. Matter and spirit entwined before the fall, but separated after. Made out of chaos, part of God's "unknowable self" To do something public - Erotic vs. pornographic Erotic in its ideal = natural fruitfulness, means of reproduction of aristocratic line unfallen Pornographic - cavalier, post-Restoration, fallen. Hierarchy in pre-fallen world is homologous to hierarchy in Heaven that allows ascension through merit.
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