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Areopagitica: Un Discurso Por la Libertad de Imprenta Dedicado al Parlamento de Inglaterra (Coleccion Conmemorativa 70 Aniversario) (Spanish) Paperback – 31 Dec 2005

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  • Paperback: 69 pages
  • Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Economica USA (31 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 9681676963
  • ISBN-13: 978-9681676964
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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John Milton was born on 9 December 1608 in Cheapside,
London. He published little until the appearance of Poems of Mr
John Milton, both English and Latin in 1646, when he was 37. By
this time he was deeply committed to a political vocation, and
became an articulate and increasingly indispensable spokesman for
the Independent cause. He wrote the crucial justifications for the
trial and execution of Charles I, and, as Secretary for Foreign
Tongues to the Council of State, was the voice of the English revolution
to the world at large. After the failure of the Commonwealth
he was briefly imprisoned; blind and in straitened circumstances
he returned to poetry, and in 1667 published a ten-book version
of Paradise Lost, his biblical epic written, as he put it, after 'long
choosing, and beginning late'. In 1671, Paradise Regained and
Samson Agonistes appeared, followed two years later by an expanded
edition of his shorter poems. The canon was completed in 1674, the
year of his death, with the appearance of the twelve-book Paradise
Lost, which became a classic almost immediately. His influence on
English poetry and criticism has been incalculable.

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ROBERT MORRIS is the senior pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. He is a gifted communicator with over 20 years of experience imparting biblical principles on prosperity and personal growth. His passionate, practical and often humorous presentation touches believers and impacts even the unchurched. Pastor Robert resides in Texas with his wife and three children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2011
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In this superbly argued and sometimes highly sarcastic speech to the English Parliament, John Milton defends masterfully totally unlicensed printing. He sees licensing as a new kind of Inquisition, which has nothing to do with morality and only aims at prohibiting the knowing of the truth and the freedom of learning. It is an insult of humanity. This speech constitutes also a formidable meditation on writing (art) and on the fear of the powerful of man's genius.

`Licensing crept out of the Inquisition' and was `snatched up by our inquisiturient bishops'. If these powerful men and their censors fear that their parishioners will be infected by `bad' books, the first book `to be removed out of the world' should be `the Bible itself', for `it describes the carnal sense of wicked men not unelegantly.'
For John Milton, licensing is not less than an oppressive, arbitrary and hypocrite tyranny: `the State shall be my governors, but not my critics.'

Liberty, freedom of writing and learning, truth, morality
`Liberty is the nurse of all great wits: give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience.'
For John Milton, `licensing is an affront offered to learning and the learned men. Not to count them fit to print his mind without an examiner is the greatest indignity to a free and knowing spirit that can be put upon him.' `He who destroys a good book, kills reason itself.'
`Licensing hinders and retards the importation of our richest merchandize, truth. Truth and understanding are not such wares as to be monopolized and traded by tickets and statutes and standards.'
`Evil' manners are `as perfectly learnt without books a thousand other ways. Yet `only books are to be prohibited.
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By opus on 30 April 2014
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Beautifully written, in a nice printing from Arc Manor. Whether Milton's arguments really stand up, is another matter; certainly there is and has been plenty of censorship in England since 1644, both against the word, spoken and written and against the visual image. Then there is the question of Defamation, Heresy, and that feudalism which is Copyright: food for Milton to ponder down in Hades with Satan.
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Essential reading on free speech. I was hoping perhaps for an introduction, and perhaps some commentary, but this is only the text. Having said that, it is a perfect edition to be used as a text book, for common reading in the classroom. Large print and accessible.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Original text offensively edited to remove "sexist" pronouns 1 Nov. 1998
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It is strange, indeed, that a great work such as Milton's Areopagitica should be issued in a redacted version--that is to say, edited to modernize the poet's vocabulary and usage: in a word, to impose political correctness on his essay. This is the worst sort of historical revisionism. In a sense, A. S. Ash--the editor--has seen fit to censor a work which decries censorship and he stands condemned by the work he has edited.
The book is part of the Little Humanist Classics series, which attempts to introduce "the humanist pronouns HU, HUS, and HUM wherever the reference is to a third person generally, without reference to sex." This edition also substitutes "adulthood" for "manhood" and modernizes certain other archaisms in Milton's language.
I sympathize completely with an effort to make English non-sexist, but I see no need to re-issue the classics (Milton, Tolstoi, Plato, Whitman, etc.) in expurgated, politically correct versions.
As far as the modernization of vocabulary, this seems hardly necessary with Milton, whose English is not as far removed from us as Chaucer's. After all, Milton is a bit more modern than Shakespeare, whose works are intelligible to most literate adults.
For those who prefer to read the Areopagitica as Milton wrote it, I recommend the Everman edition of the Complete English Poems, edited by Gordon Campbell. This volume includes the essays "Of Education" and "Areopagitica."
Hopefully, the language will evolve to a non-sexist state--living languages are very good at changing. But I doubt if the humanist agenda and its invented pronouns will win out over the great, slow, glacial tide of usage that has given us modern English and will, no doubt, produce something better than HU, HUS, and HUM.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Avoid Censored Version by Bandana Books 26 Feb. 2003
By Michael Wischmeyer - Published on
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Let the buyer beware! I should have recalled this adage and examined my purchase more carefully.
I am now the owner of writings by the new John Milton, a politically correct John Milton, a John Milton that rejects manhood for adulthood and rejects man for person. This new Milton embraces the humanist pronouns hu and hus and hum, non-sexist third person pronouns. He, his and him and she, her and hers are no more.
Milton's quotation of Euripides is likewise changed. Euripides now says' "And hu who can and will, deserves high praise". Euripides stands corrected.
Milton's use of archaic English has also been modernized. Milton has cast aside much of his seventeenth century English. This Bandanna Books version of John Milton is no longer John Milton, but an altered, censored revision.
Ironically, in the essay Areopagitica John Milton is arguing to the Parliament of England for freedom of the press, specifically for the liberty of unlicensed printing. Would John Milton have approved this modern, secular, nonsexist version of his essay?
Milton would have agreed that Bandanna Books had a right to publish, but I suspect that he would have argued that that Bandanna Books had a moral obligation to label the book cover to indicate that Milton's essay had been significantly altered to fit a peculiar nonsexist standard.
Bandanna Books in Santa Barbara, California offers other humanist works including Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Plato's Apology and Crito, and commentaries by Confucius. Unless you find comfort in hu, hus, and hum, I suggest that the traditional Whitman, Plato, and Confucius might be adequate and that you look elsewhere. Let the buyer beware!
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This is a modified edition of Milton's original; beware! 23 Nov. 1998
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Prospective buyers of this edition should be aware that it is edited; some of Milton's words have been changed, either to modernize or to "humanize" (that is, eliminate sexist usages by the replacement of he/she, him/her, etc. with bizarre "hu", "hum," etc. This is not a worthy edition of Milton's great text!
Areopagitica 7 Dec. 2007
By Larry L. Burriss - Published on
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Eh. Ok. Yeah, I guess.

This 18-point type edition is just that. Straight 18-point text; no explanations, no annotations, no background. I wish I had seen a copy before I ordered it. I don't have the copy in front of me, but I don't even remeber any paragraphs. Just page after unremitting page of 18 point type. I took one quick look and put it on the shelf.

I already have a good copy of John Milton's classic work, but I needed a copy I could mark up, and call me old-fashioned, but I wanted a real book, not a printout from the Web.

Somehow that page after page of 18 point type was a real jolt to the eyes.

But all is not lost. I can use the book as a perfect example of the differences different sizes of type can make.
Areopagitica (Kindle edition) 23 Jun. 2009
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Areopagitica by John Milton. Published by MobileReference (mobi)

Anytime one looks at a work in another historical context, consideration of time and place must be given if the communicator's message is to make sense. This seventeenth century oration was delivered by John Milton to Parliament, with the central theme of the right of individuals to seek out the truth for themselves.
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